Okonkwo's Flaws in "Things Fall Apart" Analytical Essay by scribbler

An analysis of the main character Okonkwo and his character faults in the novel "Things Fall Apart" by Chinua Achebe.
# 152242 | 2,040 words | 7 sources | MLA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 17, 2013 in Literature (World)

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The paper discusses Okonkwo's fall in Chinua Achebe's "Things Fall Apart" as directly related to the fall of Igbo culture, and explains that these tragedies occur because Okonkwo is banished for his rash and violent behavior. The paper describes how he leaves his people when they need him the most because he refuses to look weak at any cost, he makes poor judgements and can be insensitive with his family members. The paper emphasizes that his personality flaws ultimately lead to his death. The paper includes some source material.

From the Paper:

"Okonkwo is the main character of this novel, and the leader of his Igbo people. A critic writes, "Of all the characters from both sides, however, Okonkwo is the most important, for his private and public life, as well as the personal and communal roles he plays, affect every other Igbo villager and white man" (Ogbaa 14). He is strong, brave, but also rash and sometimes harsh. He makes poor judgements and can be insensitive with his family members. He has no patience for weakness, and cannot allow himself to show emotion, which alienates his family and sometimes makes him seem cruel. He is driven to succeed, but he does not realize that keeping his emotions bottled up really makes him weaker, not stronger.
"Throughout the book, Okonkwo is a smart, successful tribal leader, yet he shows distinct character flaws that will affect him and his people. One of these flaws is his attitude toward his father. He believes he is weak, a coward, and effeminate, and he lives his life trying to make sure he does not follow in his example. He is contemptuous of himself when he feels he appears weak."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. New York: Heinemann, 1996.
  • Begam, Richard. "Achebe's Sense of an Ending: History and Tragedy in 'Things Fall Apart." Studies in the Novel 29.3 (1997): 396+.
  • Iyasere, Solomon O., ed. Understanding Things Fall Apart: Selected Essays and Criticism. Troy, NY: Whitston, 1998.
  • Nwabueze, Emeka. "Commentary Theoretical Construction and Constructive Theorizing on the Execution of Ikemefuna in Achebe's Things Fall Apart: a Study in Critical Dualism." Research in African Literatures 31.2 (2000): 163-173.
  • Ogbaa, Kalu. A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents A Student Casebook to Issues, Sources, and Historical Documents. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1999.

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