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Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

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Clarissa Moreno

on 26 November 2013

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Transcript of Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

In "Things Fall Apart", Chinua Achebe demonstrates the varying interpretations of masculinity through Okonkwo's conflict with Nwoye caused by his fear of weakness, pride and arrogance.
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Fear of Weakness
You have all seen the great abomination of your brother. Now he is no longer my son or your brother. I will only have a son ho is a man, who will hold his head up among my people.
" (Pg. 148)
Okonkwo's false and inaccurate belifes of masculinity contributes to his downfall and the ruining of the relationship with his eldest son. Okonkwo was unable to put his pride and arrogance aside, un-allowing him to see the good in life.
Despised Nwoye for resembling Unoka
Okonkwo lived in fear of becoming weak/sympathetic like his father
Okonkwo's Pride
He wanted Nwoye to grow into a tough young man capable of ruling his father's household when he was dead and gone to join the ancestors.
" (pg.45)
Expectations of Nwoye are high for Okonkwo wanting him to inherit wealth and farming.
Ironic: Mentions ancestors. Okonkwo was not given a proper burial.
Choose a novel or play that depicts a conflict between a parent (or parental figure) and a son or daughter. Write an essay in which you analyze the sources of the conflict and explain how the work contributes to the meaning of a work.
"...During this time Okonkwo's fame had grown like a bush fire in harmattan. He had a slight stammer and whenever he was angry he could not get his words out quickly enough, he would use his fists. He had no patience with unsuccessful men."
Believes success fulness is a sign of masculinity
no patience with Nwoye
Impulsive behaviors
Okonkwo's Arrogance
Okonkwo wants others to be just as strong as him.
Believes that a man of action gets the job done.
Son portrays none of these wanted traits.
"Okonkwo's first son, Nwoye, was then twelve years old but was already causing his father great anxiety for incipient laziness. At any rate that was how it looked to his father, and he sought to correct him by constantly nagging and beating."
Okonkwo's Arrogance
Fear Of Weakness
lived in perpetual fear of his fiery temper, and so did his little children.. His whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of weakness
." (10)
Okonkwo's Pride
"'No, that is a boy's job.' Okonkwo was specially fond of Ezinma." (38)
-no toleration for gentleness
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-Favors his daughter over his own son
-Wished Nwoye resembled Ezinma
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