Things Fall Apart: Finding One's Identity

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The book, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe and the song, Some Nights by FUN are intertwining pieces. This is because in both pieces ones identity is still being discovered. Throughout Okonkwo’s life, he feared he would turn into his father. Often times he would lose sight of his future and make careless mistakes. Okonkwo was also hesitant about change in his village, Umofia and did not want a Christian influence. On the contrary, the people of Umofia were accepting of the Christian’s presence and impact. When Okonkwo realized that a number of his people had converted religions, he stepped forward and slowly found who he was. Therefore, every obstacle Okonkwo faced were steps to help him find his true identity.
Due to Okonkwo’s fear of becoming his father, he found himself struggling with his identity as both a father and leader in Umofia. As a father, he noticed that none of his sons met his expectations because they failed to take responsibility for their actions, fulfill their duties in the field, and acted more like their mothers. Therefore, Okonkwo often wondered whether he was “cashing in my (his) bad luck” (line 1). In other words, he was questioning whether he was a suitable father or if he was worse than his own father. Meanwhile, in his village, he was seen as a great leader. Despite Umofia’s confidence in his leadership skills, he still doubted his abilities. This reluctance can be described in line 2, “Some nights I will call it draw,” because he wanted to give up. He did not want to continuously protect his village from foreign intrusions. With that being said, when Okonkwo began to see himself as an unfit father and worse than his own, he reflected this disappointment and hostility towards his village. This caused a variety of problems between him and the others in Umofia.
As Okonkwo came to the realization that he was no longer happy with his life, he began to commit crimes. For instance, he beat one of his wives during the week of peace and although it was an accident he also shot a member of his village. Both of which displeased the gods and the members of hi village. In response to his actions, his village banished him to his mother’s- land. He had to live on his mother’s home land and as a result, when he left the Christians took over. It was because of Okonkwo’s doubts as both a father and leader that influenced his behavior and the crimes he...

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