Things Fall Apart Essay

973 words - 4 pages

Salome Sutter.
English 2309-700.
DR Savic savic.
06/09/2014
Like Father Not Like Son.
The Saying Like Father Like Son Is Not Always True.
In Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart, we see different relationships between parents and their children. Women seem not to have so much value in leadership role since they can’t earn a title. They are married off to able men to bear children for the clan. We see the boy child being raised to take over after his father. Achebe has shown in great length the concept of father and son relationship to a deeper level. He has shown how a boy will always look up to his father for both positive and negative aspects. The grown adults have a choice to ...view middle of the document...

Okonkwo strives to be powerful, wealthy, and stoic and everything that shows the epitome of “manliness” Okonkwo takes this very seriously that is why he went ahead and killed his adopted son Ikemefuna even after his friend, Uchenu advised him differently. He did not want to look like a coward so he went ahead and slashed him when he turned to him. “ Ikemefuna cry, "My father, they have killed me!" as he ran towards him. Dazed with fear, Okonkwo drew his machete and cut him down. He was afraid of being thought weak.” (Achebe, Chapter 7 para 10)
Okonkwo never wanted to be a failure in anything. This is seen when he was exiled to his mother’s village, he was very bitter and sad until his uncle challenged him to get strong for the sake of his family. He was told that his mother will not be able to see him sad. His children would die in exile if he continues to be sad. Okonkwo worked hard to build his hut in the village. When his son Nwoye became a Christian he disowned him because it was an embarrassment to the clan. He decided to forget about the boy. This continues to show that father son relationship can be broken at any time once there is conflict in ideas. It also shows Okonkwo’s firm stand on obeying his God’s.
Okonkwo goes to the farthest extreme. Okonkwo decided to kill himself after killing the messenger because he was very upset that his clansmen had become cowards. They had failed him and the gods. He did not want to die in the hands of the white man whom he looked down upon. This shows that he believed his village was no more. What he knew and valued was gone so there was no point in living anymore.
Okonkwo has become the same...

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