She was born before the Great Depression, which means she grew up during it. I feel that these types of facts are important to the story in making it readable to the audience. Through proverbs used in character development, Achebe shows the distinct similarities and differences between the protagonist, Okonkwo, and two other important characters, Nwoye and Obierika. Despite his success, Okonkwo brings much hardship on himself and his family through irrational temper tantrums and ill-advised actions. Despite this, he is considered a tragic character though a number of readers have a hard time sympathizing with him. During the Week of Peace, when clan members are not allowed to quarrel, Okonkwo beats his wife harshly. When Okonkwo was allowed to return to his fatherland after seven long years, he finds the presence of the white men had changed the attitude of a once proud and war like village.
Ever since the first humans, people have sought to live and grow where other people are. Okonkwo appears to be the typical tragic hero—a man of greatness brought down by a flaw in his character and by unbeatable fate. You drove him to kill himself; and now he will be buried like a dog. His way of cognition is similar to that of a younger person who's greatest preoccupations in life, like the stereotype of most guys, are cars and freedom. Not only is it where a person grew up, but home is also the people who influenced them. His society's traditions were gone and his people had completely changed.
Okonkwo is a strong character but thinks only inwardly - especially towards his father - which will be discussed further in this essay. He is widely respected and feared for his wealth, barns and bravery. Okonkwo is ruled by one obsession and that is to hate everything that his father had loved. He is well respected and many people look up to him. The indignities forced on him and his people by the British eventually prove to be too much for him. Nea goes to the kitchen and sees a knife and that is what she saw as the solution to their problem.
People dispersed and Okoknwo knew that nobody will support him for having killed the messenger of the white men. He is even willing to break the rules of the clan to prove his authority. He was a self-made man who passed through a modest childhood to become a prosperous and respected leader. He eventually has three wives and eight children, and becomes a respected member of the Umuofia tribe. Okonkwo and his family live in male dominant society where men are superior to women, therefore, Okonkwo thinks he is the owner of his household, and constantly beats his three wives and children. However, unlike his father, Okonkwo did adopt the opposite dealings which enabled him to achieve a greater height. The prototypical racist colonialist, the District Commissioner thinks that he understands everything about native African customs and cultures and he has no respect for them.
In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe Okonkwo, the main character, who struggles with fear and battles it to become stronger. Words: 780 - Pages: 4. Ending After trying to start the war and failing he realizes that his people will no longer fight. As it becomes evident that compliance rather than violence constitutes the wisest principle for survival, Okonkwo realizes that he has become a relic, no longer able to function within his changing society. This, in itself, is a culture bound question because it can vary from culture to culture. Because of his hard work and dedication to helping his tribe prosper, the elders of the society hold him in high regard.
Achebe was born in Nigeria in 1930, perhaps this is why he writes a whole book on a Nigerian village and introduces to us the ways of life for the Nigerian people. From this we can see clearly that Ahab is a complicated character. We were all once this way. Through out the story the reader learns what the mom had to go through in order to raise her children. Okonkwos father, Unoka, causes Okonkwo to be confused about life.
He realizes that the old ways will be lost, and his descendants will worship other gods. Okonkwo was a man of strength that never shown any signs of weakness to others, a man of huge stature that seemingly was intimidating, and a legendary warrior. Okonkwo himself came to like him. During that meeting one of the assistants of the commissioner came and misbehaved with Okonkwo. He also encounters problems not only when in opposition to the white culture, but in his own culture, as he becomes frustrated with tribal ideals that conflict with his own.
He rejects everything for which he believes his father stood. In the end however, Oedipus makes up for his crimes in a noble form of punishment to his own self. The publicly argued against the gods of the locals. He judges all people by how manly they act. For example, Ekwefi, the wife of Okonkwo, she is often beat for the things she has genuinely forgotten about.