Okonkwos father, Unoka, causes Okonkwo to be confused about life. Okonkwo is a very structured man with little patience for whatever he believes is wrong. In his tribe, he is both feared and honored. Nwoye and Okonkwo relation is complex having many different stages but just like Okonkwo and his father it become pieces. In the book Okonkwo was a strong man, he rose up from nothing and made a name for himself. He left his village and with it his opportunity for high titles and high accomplishments.
The rules come from nature and no one seems to know where or how they started the men just know the actions must be carried out precisely or the community would be punished. However, not long after Okonkwo has seen enough and his aggression begins to control him again. Through proverbs used in character development, Achebe shows the distinct similarities and differences between the protagonist, Okonkwo, and two other important characters, Nwoye and Obierika. This suggests that in his society, power is attained by achieving greatness and fame, either through fighting or wrestling. He is a very rash person and, when in a fit of rage, does not think about the consequences of his actions. Also, we have Enzima, Okonkwo's favorite daughter, but since she is a female, she must be treated like a women. Though the corrupt court messengers were in the wrong for what they had done, Okonkwo had no right to do what he did either.
This including his violence towards his family, killing Ikemefuna, his seven year banishment, and decapitating the District Commissioner, with leads to his death. Okonkwo is an extremely masculine man who has but one fear, the fear of being weak. Their relationship is a very strained in which Okonkwo grows up hating his father and consciously adopts opposite ideals. Things Fall Apart recreates the conflict between European and Ibo cultures by focusing on the huge changes introduced by imperialism, colonialism using the vehicle of Christianity. The definition of a tragic hero according to dictionary. To begin with, Okonkwo is hard and stern with his family, mostly his son, Nwoye, who does not take after him.
This forces him to show no other emotion, except anger and fear of looking weak. Instead of heeding the oracles advice Achebe 57 , he participates in the killing of the boy so that he cannot be seen as a weak person. Like typical tragic heroes in other literature, he suffers a terrible death in the end. The reader learns much about Ibo culture and traditions, but also about British imperialism and how it destroys a unique and irreplaceable way of life. If Ikemefuna had not been killed, Nwoye would not have turned to the missionaries. If Okonkwo did not have this personality trait, perhaps he would make wiser decisions that would have helped him and his family to be more respected.
Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, is a splendid example of the use of folktales, ascribing the stories a greater meaning than what initially meets the eye. The first of which is his obsession with war, fighting, and power. This is ironic for Okonkwo since his people's typical idea of success seems to be constructed of a complex, strong spiritual culture, seemingly able to deal in traditional ways with any challenge in nature and human experience. However, Nwoye shows no interest in the things that his father is interested in. Oedipus and Okonkwo are portrayed to be tragic heroes of their respected story. They become heroes by accomplishing great things for themselves and their communities, winning much fame as a result. He saw clearly in it the finger of his personal god or chi.
Okonkwo had motivations to keep him going and help sculpt his view of life. In this respect, Okonkwo plays the role of a tragic hero driven by his flaw which leads to his downfall. He represents what a successful person in Umuofia was considered to be. Its main protagonist Okonkwo, on the surface appears to be a true tribesman, and a revered leader with qualities that far surpassed many among his clan. . He is not really bothered by change that is being experienced in his village. His father died a failure, and was buried alone with no shred of dignity.
Throughout the novel, his actions are motivated by this fear which defines him characteristically as on overly masculine man. Ever since he was younger, Okonkwo has known he never wanted to grow up to emulate his father. The first paragraph of Things Fall Apart is notable in this respect, for it describes Okonkwo as follows: Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond. The story opens up to a Traditional Igbo lifestyle, a theme which is highly stylized from its ritual to the actions performed for certain ceremonies. Consequently, he committed suicide by hanging himself for his final tragedy.
He violently attacked his son. But when the missionaries arrived and acted, in Okonkwos opinion, like women, the tribe saw them differently, compared to how they had originally, and turned their backs on Okonkwo. Everything that he has worked for will be ruined and it will make his job a lot harder. Even though outwardly he looks powerful and strict, his life is filled with fear. Unfortunately, it came at a price because he ended up committing acts not expected from a hero. Unoka was a complete failure in the eyes of the Umuofia people because of his effeminate way of thinking, and, When Unoka died he had taken no title at all and he was heavily in debt.
A sudden fury rose within him and he felt a strong desire to take up his a machete, go to the church and wipe out the entire miscreant gang. The men of the Umuofia village must earn titles that governed the people. You drove him to kill himself; and now he will be buried like a dog. We are also introduced to the views of his village, Umuofia. In his view, the showing of emotion was even a sign of weakness.
This made him strive to make it against all odds, working as hard as it took to become wealthy. Although his emotion can be justified, it is clear that he cannot control his sudden rage and his quick-tempered actions. Things Fall Apart represents the hardships and struggles between females and males. From early on in the book, we see how his father affected his way of life. Some people might say that Okonkwo was just trying to protect the tradition and cultural of his tribal village but in actuality this is far from the truth. He is sentenced to seven years banishment from Umuofia, and will have to restart his life in a new place and try to resurrect the respectable name that he once had.