Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart

Reason for Okonokwas downfall in Things Fall Apart
The novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe has long been seen as a response to Christian colonial literature, which presents the African as a barbaric dark image. It is therefore ponder some that Achebe would choose to shed light on Africa by deconstructing and ultimately destroying his main character Okonokwa. Through examining Okonokwa and his character flaws and essentially the reasons for his downfall one may surmise that shedding light on the African plight was not Achebes some message in this novel.
Okonokwa was a proud, industrious figure who through hard work was able to elevate himself to a stature of respect and prominence in his community. The one major character flaw was that he was a man driven by his fear to extreme reactions. Okonokwa was petrified of inadequacy namely because his father was a complete and utter failure. This fear of shortcoming made him hate everything his father loved and represented: weakness, gentleness, and idleness. Okonokwa became seized with the obsession of manliness in order to overcompensate for his fathers “femininity” or gentleness. Therefore, Okonokwa only allowed himself to display the emotion

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