Characters Okonkwo An influential clan leader in Umofia. Always been embarrassed of lazy, unproductive, squandering father, Unoka, which is what drives him to be successful. Okonkwo's hard work in wr has earned him a position of high status in the clan, he has obtained enough wealth to support three wives and their children. Okonkwos only flaw is that he deeply fears looking weak like his father did.
Part 1[ edit ] The novel's protagonist Okonkwo is famous in the villages of Umuofia for being a wrestling champion, defeating a wrestler nicknamed "the cat" because he never lands on his back. Okonkwo is strong, hard-working, and strives to show no weakness. Okonkwo works to build his wealth entirely on his own, as Unoka died a shameful death and left many unpaid debts.
He is also obsessed with his masculinity, and any slight compromise on this is swiftly destroyed. As a result, he often beats his wives and children, and is unkind to his neighbours.
However, his drive to escape the legacy of his father leads him to be wealthy, courageous, and powerful among the people of his village. He is a leader of his village, and he has attained a position in his society for which he has striven all his life.
The boy lives with Okonkwo's family and Okonkwo grows fond of him, although Okonkwo doesn't show his fondness so as to not appear weak. The boy looks up to Okonkwo and considers him a second father. The Oracle of Umuofia eventually pronounces that the boy must be killed.
Ezeudu, the oldest man in the village, warns Okonkwo that he should have nothing to do with the murder because it would be like killing his own child — but to avoid seeming weak and feminine to the other men of the village, Okonkwo disregards the warning from the old man, striking the killing blow himself even as Ikemefuna begs his "father" for protection.
For many days after killing Ikemefuna, Okonkwo feels guilty and saddened. Shortly after Ikemefuna's death, things begin to go wrong for Okonkwo. His sickly daughter Ezinma falls unexpectedly ill and it is feared she may die; during a gun salute at Ezeudu's funeral, Okonkwo's gun accidentally explodes and kills Ezeudu's son.
He and his family are sent into exile for seven years to appease the gods he has offended. Part 2[ edit ] While Okonkwo is away in Mbanta, he learns that white men are living in Umuofia with the intent of introducing their religionChristianity.
As the number of converts increases, the foothold of the white people grows and a new government is introduced.
Okonkwo in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart Okonkwo, as presented by Chinua Achebe in the book Things Fall Apart, wished to be respected by all as a man of fantastic wealth, control and power - the antithesis of his daddy. The novel's main character and an influential clan leader, Okonkwo fears becoming an unsuccessful, weak man like his father, Unoka. As a result, Okonkwo is hardworking and aggressive, traits that bring him fame and wealth at the beginning of the novel. Okonkwo and his father Unoka have very little in common. Although both are tall men, Unoka walks with a stoop, burdened by the scorn of his tribe.
The village is forced to respond with either appeasement or resistance to the imposition of the white people's nascent society. Part 3[ edit ] Returning from exile, Okonkwo finds his village changed by the presence of the white men.
After a convert commits a heinous act by unmasking an elder as he embodies an ancestral spirit of the clan, the village retaliates by destroying a local Christian church.
In return, the leader of the white government takes Okonkwo and several other native leaders prisoner and holds them for a ransom of two hundred cowries for a short while. The white ruler further humiliates and insults the captives, doing things such as shaving their heads and whipping them.
As a result, the people of Umuofia finally gather for what could be a great uprising. Okonkwo, a warrior by nature and adamant about following Umuofian custom and tradition, despises any form of cowardice and advocates war against the white men.
When messengers of the white government try to stop the meeting, Okonkwo beheads one of them. Because the crowd allows the other messengers to escape, and does not fight alongside Okonkwo, he realizes with despair that the people of Umuofia are not going to fight to protect themselves — his society's response to such a conflict, which for so long had been predictable and dictated by tradition, is changing.
When the local leader of the white government comes to Okonkwo's house to take him to court, he finds that Okonkwo has hanged himself to avoid being tried in a colonial court.
Among his own people, Okonkwo's actions have tarnished his reputation and status, as it is strictly against the teachings of the Igbo to commit suicide. He has three wives and ten total children, and is a brave and rash Umuofia Nigerian warrior and clan leader.
Unlike most, he cares more for his daughter Ezinma than his son Nwoye whom he believes is weak. Okonkwo is the son of the gentle and lazy Unoka, a man he resents for his weaknesses.Okonkwo as Tragic Hero In Chinua Achebe’s novel "Things Fall Apart" (), Okonkwo is a tragic hero because he belongs on a high status and has his flaws, which include fear of weakness and failure, irrational anger, violence, insatiable ambition "hubris", and events beyond his control.
Summary. Set around the turn of the century, the novel focuses first on the hero of the book, Okonkwo, and on his late father, Unoka. Okonkwo is a respected leader within the Igbo (formerly spelled Ibo) community of Umuofia in eastern lausannecongress2018.com twenty years ago, Okonkwo distinguished himself and brought honor to his village when he wrestled and threw to the ground Amalinze the Cat, a man.
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Describe Unoka, Okonkwo’s father. What are Okonkwo’s feelings toward Unoka, and why? Compare/contrast the advantages and disadvantages of this social structure to our own family arrangements in the U.S. A Psychoanalytic Study of Okonkwo by Chinua Achebe and Macbeth by William Shakespeare.
Multan Pakistan. Abstract: The present comparison and contrast of Okonkwo and Macbeth is based on, introduction of Okonkwo and Macbeth, age of protagonist, manliness, and the biggest sin committed, ID and failing Unoka is a sensitive man and proud.
The narrator and characters often compare Okonkwo to fire, he even has the nickname around town as the “Roaring Flame.” For Okonkwo, fire is a symbol of boundless potency, life, and masculinity. However on realizing his complete disappointment in his son Nwoye, Okonkwo has the realization that “Living fire begets cold, impotent ash.”.
Create and fill in a Venn diagram to compare and contrast Okonkwo with his father Unoka. Consider their personalities, attitudes, relationships, and appearances.