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1. Fear and hatred have a simple, yet sometimes illusive relationship. Numerous people, including Shakespeare, have defined this relationship to be that hatred originates from fear. In the first five chapters of Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo’s seemingly unrelated fear of weakness generates his unequivocal hatred toward unfortunate recipients. Okonkwo has a “fear of failure and of weakness” (13), which is exemplified by his father who “was in fact a coward and could not bear the sight of blood” (6). This sufficiently explains Okonkwo’s deeper “fear of himself, lest he should be found to resemble his father” (13). When trying to find the opposite of weakness to differentiate himself from his father, Okonkwo resolves “to hate everything that his father Unoka had loved. One of those things was gentleness and another was idleness” (13). Consequently, Okonkwo’s hatred of the various interpretations of weakness, failure, and anyone who embodies them signals his underlying fear that he may “be found to resemble his father” (13). Although not nearly as elusive, this relationship between fear and hatred is seen in everyday life. For example, I have come across many people who say that they hate spiders. In many cases spiders have done nothing to deserve this hate. Therefore, people who hate spiders are actually afraid of spiders. The difficulty in uncovering the simple relationship between fear and hate is further indicated by the fact that definition of arachnophobia includes both hatred and fear, rather that distinguishing between the two.
2. Unoka, Okonkwo’s father, has numerous qualities that remind me of the Grasshopper in the fable “The Grasshopper and the Ant”. In the fable, the Grasshopper enjoys his summer, singing and eating, while the Ant determinedly prepares for winter by storing food while getting mocked by the Grasshopper. When winter comes around, the Grasshopper is unprepared due to his laziness and starves. Unoka is similar and shares the qualities of fateful laziness and not thinking about the future. Unoka is “incapable of thinking about tomorrow” (4) and as a result “his wife and children had barely enough to eat” (5). Even the...

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