Compare And Contrast The Relationships Between Okonkwo And His Children To My Father And Me (Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe)

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In Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo plays the role of father to his son, Nwoye, and his daughter, Ezinma. Okonkwo's fear of looking weak like his father, which can be interpreted as his tragic flaw, causes him to expect more from both of his children and to act rashly, similar to the behavior of my father. Although both relationships—the relationship between Okonkwo and his son and the relationship between my father and I—involve disagreements between father and son, I constantly aim to see eye to eye with my father, just like Okonkwo and Ezinma, whereas Nwoye does not attempt to fulfill his father’s wishes.The relationship between Okonkwo and Nwoye is one of disagreement, contretemps, and failure; Okonkwo’s inflexible expectations are not reached which triggers tension. This conflict commences at the start of the novel but at this point it seems minor: Okonkwo is merely concerned that his son shows some characteristics of his lazy father, Unoka. He is trying to prevent this by all means but it starts to become somewhat undeniable. Okonkwo’s features being strong, hard-working, and somewhat misogynic conflicts with the impudent, weak, eccentric, and indolent characteristics of Nwoye. Though as the story proceeds, it seems likely that the relationship will be repaired: Ikemefuna’s involvement in Nwoye’s growth puts Nwoye on the path sought by Okonkwo. Unfortunately, this period of healing is disturbed by Okonkwo taking part in Ikemefuna’s death which results in the fear of Okonkwo by Nwoye and the lack of trust between the two. This instability continues throughout the majority, if not the entirety, of the book.Ezinma, the only child of Okonkwo’s second wife, Ekwefi, has a relationship with Okonkwo that shows understanding and agreement, unlike Nwoye’s relationship. Surprisingly enough, this relationship is rather implicit since Okonkwo doesn’t speak to Ezinma a great deal of times, especially when compared to Nwoye. This may be due to the fact that she is a girl and she is generally not involved with masculine tasks that would bring her closer to Okonkwo. Still, Okonkwo believes that “she should have been a boy” (61) and she continually attempts to carry out...

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