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Father-Son Relationships In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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Paige Sapp

on 28 November 2012

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Transcript of Father-Son Relationships In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

Father-Son Relationships
In
Chinua Achebe's Novel
Things Fall Apart Larger Purpose:
Charcterization of Okonkwo
Development of the setting of the Ibo culture Father-Son Relationships:
Okonkwo and Unoka
Okonkwo and Ikemefuna
Okonkwo and Nwoye Through the development of these relationships the reader sees...
Okonkwo as a static character (no change/growth).
How Okonkow represents the Ibo culture .
The importance of masculinity in the Ibo culture. In the Ibo culture...
Masculinity and manly achievements are highly valued
Masculine achievements are what gain a man status and respect "Lazy and Improvident and quite incapable of thinking about tomorrow" (Achebe 4). Unoka is...
Lazy
A Debtor
Unsuccessful
A Failure "Unoka the grown up was a failure. He was poor and his wife and children barely had enough to eat.People laughed at him because he was a loafer and they swore to never lend him any money because he never paid it back" (Achebe 4). "Even as a little boy he had resented his father's failure and weakness" (Achebe 13). "His whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and weakness... it was the fear of himself lest he should be found to resemble his father" (Achebe 13).
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