We sense all will not end well for Umuofia. In 1911, Josef Mengele was born into a wealthy Bavarian family with a Catholic upbringing. On the other hand, some societies are very strict with their practices and strive to maintain and preserve their culture by teaching the customs to the people and practicing them frequently. Unfortunately, almost every time that Okonkwo lets loose his violent temper in his manly way,. Okonkwo portrays the importance of individual ambition. This would bring great shame to any man as it did for Okonkwo. His suicide also allowed him to escape his fate of being killed by the British, which shows us that although the destruction of the Ibo culture and way of life was imminent, there was still some spirit, some fight to retain their ways left among the defeated Ibo people.
This suggests that in his society, power is attained by achieving greatness and fame, either through fighting or wrestling. This flaw eventually brings about his downfall at the end when he continues to fight stubbornly against the white Christians since he believes giving up shows weakness. Okonkwo is a village hero because he cannot accept the change that the Europeans were bringing to his village. His characteristics, initially seen as qualities, help him acheive the status of a titled clansmen and a respected warrior. This made him strive to make it against all odds, working as hard as it took to become wealthy.
They aren't true believers of the ancient Greek gods and only worshiped when it proves to be most convenient to them not because they truly seek guidance from a higher power. Since he is very high ranked in his village and is known for his strength, he believes that violence is the only way to get respect. He is strong, authoritative, hardworking, and successful. Okonkwo realized that he was no longer able to function within his changing society. In Things Fall Apart, his first of three novels, Okonkwo, upon his arrival from England is completely detached from his African heritage. From early on in the book, we see how his father affected his way of life.
Okonkwo, of course, did not like this upheaval of normality. His characteristics, initially seen as qualities, help him acheive the status of a titled clansmen and a respected warrior. Okonkwo believes that the worst thing you could do is be a woman while you are a man. In the novel, Things Fall Apart, Achebe portrays his own characterization of a tragic hero through Okonkwo, the main character. As Okonkwo leads his life, his experiences, personality and thought are revealed to the reader. His tragic end was led by his character flaws, a betrayal of his clansmen, and the colonization. He became a wealthy farmer with two barns full of yams and just married his third wife.
The obstacles he faces in life are made numerous as time progresses. Another flaw that Okonkwo shows is his pride in his masculinity. He fears being effeminate and losing community respect, even shying away from showing his favorite child affection. Even though he knows that the life of man is characterized by constant transitional rites Achebe 122 he believes that these changes should serve to bring him closer to his ancestors and not lose all the property that he has worked hard all his life to accumulate. Okonkwo wanted to become one of the greatest men in the Ibo tribe, but three unfortunate events occur bringing him closer to his end. He knows that according to his culture, the strongest man in the village had to be involved in the killing of the young boy.
Above all else, he fe. This worry results to a dictatorship torwards his family. Okonkwo can be seen as a hero because he does not believe in losing what a person has painstakingly worked hard to accumulate in his life. Okonkwo is a hero, though he has been portrayed in a very negative manner by the author. These outbursts made Okonkwo look ignorant and brash, but he could not stand weakness of any sort. As a result of this flaw, he hated laziness and apathy and did not want to appear as such a person who possessed these characteristics. Unoka was a complete failure in the eyes of the Umuofia people because of his effeminate way of thinking, and, When Unoka died he had taken no title at all and he was heavily in debt.
Though he isn't always please with his children and wives, they bring him a sense of pride and respect since having a large family means that the head of the family is able to support all of them. One of these situations was when…. Although their behaviour might seem quite different from each other, especially considering that they live in two different ages and places, Okonkwo and Willy have a lot in common. Nwoye and Okonkwo relation at the beginning was ruled by fear;Okonkwo had little to no problem using violence to reprimand his son to do work when he Okonkwo thought his son was being lazy. The shame of a father like Unoka drove Okonkwo into the passion of being nothing but successful in his life.
As the novel progresses from start to finish we see many changes in his attitude and outlook on life. In the novel, unlike the majority of the other characters, he was a round and static character. Although this behavior initially leads to success in the patriarchal society of Umofia, rage is his greatest bane: it masks his compassion and pusillanimity. Okonkwo fails to free himself from his major character flaws, which ultimately brings about his tragic demise. Literature review requires conducting some general survey of all publications including theoretical contributions and practical findings.