Positive Influence's in Things Fall Apart
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Ashlee Mercer Professor L.B. Johnson Humanities 202 18 November 2004 Positive Influence's in Things Fall Apart There have been three characters that have had a positive influence on Okonkwo. For Okonkwo, Obierika in many cases has stood for the voice of reason. Nwakibie has helped guide and gain the respect of Okonkwo. Uchendu welcomed Okonkwo to the land of Mbanta, and helped him and his family adjust to living in exile. While several clansmen of the Umuofian and Mbanta tribe viewed Okonkwo as a negative person, Obrieika, Nwakibie, and Uchendu have been the three individuals to constantly have a positive influence on Okonkwo despite his imperfections. Obierika, who is Okonkwo's best friend, whose personality often contrasts with and enhances the distinctive characteristics of Okonkwo's attitude. Obierika is receptive to new ideas and is willing to adapt to change, whereas Okonkwo is very narrow-minded, unable to accept any changes to traditional ways.
Before his departure back to Umuofia, Obierika promises to keep farming and selling Okonkwo's yams until his return to his fatherland. Nwakibie, a great man of the village of Umuofia, is well respected by Okonkwo and many others within the clan. He is the one that helps Okonkwo get on his feet by giving him a share cropping contract. Nwakibie was a wealthy man in Okonkwo's village; therefore Okonkwo went to him for help. Okonkwo had already cleared the land needed to farm, but was asking Nwakibie for the seed yams needed to be sown. Okonkwo assured Nwakibie that he was not afraid of work that he could be trusted and he would not fail him. Nwakibie replied to Okonkwo's request by telling him that "It pleases me to see a young man like you these days when our youth has gone so soft (Achebe21)."
But to meanwhile, accept the support of his kinsmen while he is in Mbanta. Uchendu let Okonkwo know that many men suffer more serious setbacks and are sometimes banished for life. Despite Okonkwo's negative attitude Obierika, Nwakibie, and Uchendu have remained the three positive influences in his life. After all the obstacles Okonkwo has had to overcome Obierika never stopped being his best friend, even throughout his seven years in exile. When Okonkwo had now one else to turn to for guidance Nwakibie, was the one he knew would trust and guide him until he got on his feet. While in exile, Uchendu helped Okonkwo understand whey he Mercer 4 was not the greatest sufferer like he thought he was. Hearing this from Uchendu helped Okonkwo and his family make it through their seven year exile in Mbanta. Irregardless of how other members of the village may have perceived Okonkwo, these three individuals have each helped Okonkwo in their own way, despite his being so pessimistic and narrow-minded.
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