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Strength/Leadership

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Naushil Sridhar

on 26 October 2017

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Transcript of Strength/Leadership

Okonkwo kills Ikemefuna (Bad)
This is an act of weakness because it shows that he’ll ignore his emotions and rational thoughts and do whatever he pleases.




"But if the Oracle said that my son should be killed I would neither dispute it nor be the one to do it." (Achebe 67).
Okonkwo follows Ekewefi when she chases after Chielo.
(Bad)
This is weakness because it shows that he is doubting the validity of his religion and questioning the ways of his clan.



"A man stood there with a machete in his hand." (Achebe 108).
Okonkwo drives Nwoye away when he was found to be associated with the white christians. (Bad)
This is weakness because it shows that he won’t even consider Nwoye’s side of the story, for he is ruled by rage.




"Nwoye turned round the to walk into the inner compound when his father, suddenly overcome with fury, sprang to his feet and gripped him around the neck." (Achebe 151)

Okonkwo kills Ikemefuna (Good)
This is an act of strength because it shows that he’s willing to appease the earth goddess, fight for his clan when they need him to, and show that he’s not ruled by emotions.



"But someone had to do it. If we were all afraid of blood, it would not be done. And what do you think the Oracle would do then?" (Achebe 67).
Okonkwo follows Ekewefi when she chases after Chielo.
(Good)
This is strength because it shows he possess compassion, giving his character more depth and making him more likeable.



"It was only on his fourth trip that he had found Ekewefi, and by then he had become gravely worried." (Achebe 112).
Okonkwo drives Nwoye away when he was found to be associated with the white christians. (Good)
This is strength because it shows that Okonkwo is grounded in his beliefs and has loyalty for his clan.



“He senses a grave danger in basing Ibo life in the shallow, acquisitive morality of Western industrial society, a morality which he contends has become pervasive in Ibo society.” (Llogu 542).
Strength/Leadership
Cowardice/Weakness
CONCLUSION
The viewpoint the reader takes changes the definition of Okonkwo’s actions between strong or weak in the novel.

The depth and significance of Okonkwo’s actions

THANK YOU!
By Naushil Sridhar
Okonkwo commits suicide. (Good)
This is strength because it shows that he’ll play by his rules, won’t follow white rule, and shows that he’s willing to kill himself for his clan.



"That man was one of the greatest men in Umuofia." (Achebe 208)
Okonkwo commits suicide (Bad)

This is weakness because he killed himself to escape his failures and not be under white man’s rule. This act was also sacrliedge and brought dishoner upon his family and clan




A Preliminary Examination of the Death Concepts of the IBO
by John A. Noon states that all death related incidents should be caused by the gods and spirits. They are the only ones allowed to cause death and its effects.

Thesis
In the novel
Things Fall Apart
, Okonkwo’s actions can be defined as both strong
and weak depending upon the viewpoint the reader takes.
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