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Okonkwo's relationship with Ikemefuna begins from the start of the novel. When Okonkwo takes Ikemefuna into his care, the relationship between the Comparatively, Okonkwo treats his two children, Nwoye and Ezinma. Okonkwo views his son as a symbol of laziness just like Unoka, and so he does his best to prevent this. It is ironic how Okonkwo ridicules his father so much, that he himself has bought up a son who has interests that resemble Unoku. Okonkwo of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. Okonkwo used force to "beat" the femininity out of Nwoye. "Okonkwo wanted his son to be a great farmer and a great man." (33); "Okonkwo.
Their behaviour towards their families, their life and their achievements are done in different ways but yet, there are some aspects which are shared by both of them. Okonkwo Okonkwo is an African man living in a small village in Nigeria.
In a land where ancestral spirits hold powers to the Ibos, it settles in section three when Mr. Brown the father of the Christian church preaches the Christian faith by using a translator towards the Ibos. An Ibo with title, Okonkwo, builds up anger towards the Its says that Okonkwo is widely known and well respected. Okonkwo was known as a wealthy farmer, and worked on his own, without the help of his father.
Okonkwo had three wives, and was a strong, manly warrior. There is struggle between family, culture, and religion of the Ibo people which is all brought on by a difference in personal beliefs and customs.
Father-Son Relationships in Things Fall Apart by hannah jurkiewicz on Prezi
There are the strong opinions of the main character, Okonkwo. We are also introduced to the views of his village, Umuofia. Finally, we see how things fall apart when these beliefs and customs are confronted by those of the white missionaries. Chinua Achebe is a product of both native and European cultures. This has a great effect on The story portrays his theme of life, when one thing stands another stands beside it.
The main character, Okonkwo, lead a somewhat complicated life. As it began, it was ruled by courage and strength, but he chose to end it with a weak escape from every challenge he had ever been given, suicide. As his life began he was given nothing. His father, Unoka, was a disgrace to Umuofia. He was extremely lazy, and more in debt than anyone could even remember.
Brown discuss their religious beliefs peacefully. Brown is the first white missionary to travel to Umuofia. Unoka knows Okonkwo has a proud and manly heart, which cannot bear the failure easily, so he tries to make him feel better.
However, Okonkwo does not appreciate his gentle courage. Despite the fact that deep inside him, Okonkwo is gentle but outwardly, he is violent. He is not afraid of war and he can stand the sight of blood. In Umuofias latest war he was the first to bring home a human head.
That was his fifth head; and he was not an old man yet. The fifth human head indicates he has already killed five men, showing his prowess in war and fighting. Okonkwo ruled his household with a heavy hand, suggests forcefulness, and physical control he has over his family. For instance, when his youngest wife fails to cook dinner for him because she comes to a friends house to plait her hair, Okonkwo beats her very heavily. The other evidence is the author always uses words like thundered, roared, threatened, shouted and so on to shows Okonkwos bad-temper and violence and the fear with which Okonkwo uses to rule his household.
However, we notice that sometimes Okonkwo is caring just like his father. This is shown when Ekwefi goes to Okonkwos obi and tells him Ezinma is in danger. Okonkwo sprang from his bed, pushed back the bolt on his door and ran into Ekwefis hut. He is gentle because he tells Ikemefuna that he is going home, in which the real reason is that he is about to be killed and before that Okonkwo sat still for a very long time supporting his chin in his palms.
The sentence indicates he has to reconsider many times how to break this news to Ikemefuna. The other clue for Okonkwos gentleness is when Ekwefi follows the priestess, he has gone with his matchet to the shrine.
It was only on his fourth trip that he had found Ekwefi, and by then he had become gravely worried. His fourth trip and gravely worried show he has gone to find Ekwefi four times, which suggests his great anxiety and care for Ekwefi. From the similarity, we can see that both Okonkwo and Unoka have passion for something. Unoka loves almost everything. Unoka would play with the village musicians, his face beaming with blessedness and peace.
Relationship between Okonkwo and Unoka in “Things Fall Apart” Analysis
Beaming with blessedness and peace, reveals his passion for music, Unoka is content and calm when it comes to music. Unoka loved the good fare and the good fellowship, and he loved this season of the year, when the rains had stopped and the sun rose every morning with dazzling beauty.
He loved the first kite that returned with the dry season, and the children who sang songs of welcome to them. This illustrates his love for good things and peace as well as his carefree and easy-going life.
Okonkwo is also fond of a few things. He is enthusiastic when it comes to wrestling. Okonkwo cleared his throat and moved his feet to the beat of the drums. It filled him with fire as it had always done from his youth. He trembled with the desire to conquer and subdue. It was like the desire for woman.
The words fire, desire, trembled prove he is overwhelmed with the thinking of wrestling. When the match becomes thrilling, Okonkwo sprang to his feet and quickly sat down again.
This shows he is energetic and devoted to the match. Okonkwo is also fond of Ikemefuna and Ezinma, though his fondness only showed on very rare occasions. This implies the difference between Okonkwo and his father. Unoka expresses his feeling openly, but Okonkwo only shows it rarely. Having different childhood, different background, different personality, nevertheless, Okonkwo and Unoka result in having one thing in common which is they are both bad father although in different ways.
Okonkwo did not have the start in life which many young men usually had. He did not inherit a barn from his father. He neither inherited a barn nor a title, nor even a young wife indicates Unokas failure to provide for his family and give Okonkwo some inheritance which other young men should have show his irresponsibility.
However, Unoka is a good father when he encourages Okonkwo to get over difficulties which I have elaborated above. On the other hand, Okonkwo is a responsible father. He works hard in order to provide the best for his family. Although he is violent, Okonkwo has said I am worried about Nwoye. A bowl of pounded yams can throw him in a wrestling match. His two younger brothers are more promising.
This implies his worry for the future of his sons, though it also shows his fear of his son become a failure like his father. Nonetheless, it is this fear that makes Okonkwo a bad father.
When he thinks he see the incipient laziness in his son, Nwoye, he sought to correct his son by constant nagging and bearing; when he see Nwoye likes womens stories, he rebuked him and beat him. The words nagging, bearing, rebuked and beat points out that he wants to destroy all the feminine traits in Nwoye. This makes Nwoye has an unhappy childhood. In conclusion, Things fall apart has illustrated Unoka a foil for Okonkwo. Okonkwo is successful, hardworking and violent, while Unoka is a failure, lazy and gentle.
It is because of Unokas failure that causes Okonkwo to possess a personality very different from him, he was possessed by the fear of his fathers contemptible life and shameful death.