Who Is Okonkwo In Things Fall Apart

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Okonkwo, the protagonist of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, was a prominent, strong, self-made Umuofian man who died a tragic hero. The thoughts and actions of this man of strong conviction were dictated by the emotions: Fear, pride, and anger. These emotions shaped the way Okonkwo lived, self-consciously impacting his self-perceived role in Igbo culture. This caused him to have an incredibly distant and temperamental relationship with his many wives and children, thus having a negative impact on how his family viewed their husband and father. Okonkwo’s life story is like that of a character from a fable, due to the harsh lesson learned from his life dictating emotional faults such as the irrational fear of being anything like Unoka, his free spirited, lazy father. This perceived man’s man, suffered an internal struggle of fear, pride, and anger constantly dictating his actions and decisions, allowing him to be remembered a tragic hero.…show more content…
After Okonkwo had discovered his son Nwoye had abandoned the traditional Ibo religion for Christianity, he called a meeting with the remainder of his sons. “You have all seen the great abomination of your brother. Now he is no longer my son or your brother. I will only have a son who is a man, who will hold up his head among my people. If any of you prefers to be a women, let him follow Nwoye now while I am alive so that I may curse him. If you turn against me when I am dead I will visit you and break your neck” (p.172). Okonkwo’s words and action truly paint a picture of how his life was lived with consistent anger. This had a seemingly detrimental effect on the emotional quality of his

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