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The Life Of Okonkwo Essay

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Okonkwo is the main character within the book, Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe. Okonkwo is an individual whom has many different personalities that are portrayed in different situations. He can be a nice and welcoming individual but also an abusive and harmful individual. Before returning to Umofia, in which the missionaries had invaded, Okonkwo had grown up upon resenting his father’s laziness, devoting his time in proving that he was much better than his father. That he was more respectable and masculine. These were qualities in which Okonkwo’s father had lacked. Upon reaching Umofia, Okonkwo becomes more passive than he has ever been. While watching in sorrow and grief of the coming ...view middle of the document...

The Ibo culture would have never thought of Okonkwo as being so distrustful and hurtful towards others.
Earlier on, Okonkwo had went to Nwakibie to borrow seed yams in order to start his own yam harvest. "Yam stood for manliness, and he who could feed his family on yams from one harvest to another was a very great man indeed. Okonkwo wanted his son to be a great farmer and a great man. He would stamp out the disquieting signs of laziness which he thought he already saw in him."(pg.28) This yam harvest was to insure that his son would grow to be a well hard working individual. He would be a man. There then becomes an issue. A few days before the New Year, Okonkwo threatens his second wife Ekwefi with a gun. This had led to having the clan leaders inform Okonkwo that they were going to kill his son Ikemefuna. Although this was not required, Okonkwo participates within the murder. The guilt of doing this haunts Okonkwo for life. “Ezinma took the dish in one hand and the empty water bowl in the other and went back to her mother's hut. “She should have been a boy,” Okonkwo said to himself again. His mind went back to Ikemefuna and he shivered.”(chp.8) This shows the dedication and love portrayed between Okonkwo and his son Ikemefuna.
Lastly there were three different times in which Okonkwo had commit a crime against the earth. Many of which had happened upon the returning to Umofia and being changed by the missionaries. The first being during the Week of Peace. Okonkwo commits the crime of beating his wife. This was his first crime against the earth. As punishment, he is told to make a...

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