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Okonkwo's Timeline

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Transcript of Okonkwo's Timeline

Okonkwo's Timeline
Event:
Okonkwo grew up resenting his father for his laziness and weakness.

Evidence/Significance:
"Perhaps down in his heart Okonkwo was not a cruel man. But his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and weakness" (13).
This quote shows that Okonkwo is doing his best to be successful unlike his father.
Event:
Okonkwo survives a year of natural disasters that occurred on his farm.

Evidence/Significance:
"'Since I survived that year,' he always said,'I Shall survive anything"'(24).
This quote shows that Okonkwo is determined to succeed and that nothing is to great too defeat him.
Event:
Okonkwo is given charge of Ikemefuna by the clan for 3 years.

Evidence/Significance:
"Sometimes when he went to big village meetings or communal ancestral feast he allowed Ikemefuna to accompany him,like a son, carrying his stool and his goat skin bag"(28).
This quote shows that Okonkwo is becoming fond of Ikemefuna.

Event:
The clan and Okonkwo kill Ikemefuna.

Evidence/Significance:
"Okonkwo did not eat for days after the death of Ikemefuna"(63).
This quote shows that guilt is haunting Okonkwo for killing his adopted son.
Event:
Enzinma falls into deep sickness.

Evidence/Significance:
"...he took his machete and went into the bush to collect the leaves and grasses and barks of trees that went into making the medicine for iba"(76).
This quote shows that Okonkwo is worried for his daughter's health and he is doing his best to heal her. Okonkwo does not want to lose his favorite daughter.
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Event:
Okonkwo accidentally kills a clan member's son at Ezedu's funeral.

Evidence/Significance:
"it was a crime against the earth goddess to kill a clansman, and a man who committed it must flee from the land"(124). This quote shows that Okonkwo lost everything he had worked hard for because of the sin he had committed.
Event:
Okonkwo hears through his cousin that his son has been hanging around with the Christians.

Evidence/Significance:
"Nwoye turned round to walk into the inner compound when his father, suddenly over come with fury, sprang to his feet, and gripped him by the neck"(151). This quote shows that Okonkwo is mad at his son for betraying his religion and Umofia.
Event:
Okonkwo and the other leaders of Umofia destroy the missionaries' church for Enoch's crime of unmasking an egwugwu.

Evidence/Significance:
"'Tell the white man that we will not do him any harm...But this shrine which he built must be destroyed...It has bred untold abominations and we have come to put an end to it"'(190). This quote shows that the leaders of Umofia only want to protect their religion and do not want to start a war.
Event:
Okonkwo is put in prison and when he was released he vows revenge.

Evidence/Significance:
"'Tomorrow he will tell them that our fathers never fought a 'war of blame.'If they listen to him I shall leave them and plan my own revenge"'(200). This quote shows that Okonkwo is not afraid to fight alone for his believes.
Event:
Umofia does not support Okonkwo's plan of going into war with the Christians.

Evidence/Significance:
"Then they came to the tree from which Okonkwo's body was dangling, and they stopped dead"(207). This quote shows that Okonkwo was too weak to face the fact that his people were not on his side, so he ended himself because of his fear of failure and weakness.
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