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Things Fall Apart Character Sketch

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Introduction

* Character Sketch Of Okonkwo * * Okonkwo is the protagonist of the novel, "Things Fall Apart". His father, Unoka was considered by society to be a failure. Having risen from nothing to being considered one of the most important men of the tribe. His entire life has been a never ending battle to attain a certain status and foothold in society. So, his main characteristics are that of being overtly proud, ambitious and ill-tempered. Okonkwo tends to speak in a briskly manner to those with significantly less achievements than him and also dismisses them as insignificant. Being the leader of the tribe, several people find him to be a dominating and a serious figure. ...read more.

Middle

This hatred unfortunately manifests itself into physical violence amongst the family members. "Okonkwo ruled his hand with a heavy hand. His wives especially his youngest lived in perpetual fear of his fiery temper, and so did his children." When his father tried to help by offering words, he felt ashamed and his actions reflects that. Okonkwo does not like womanly traits and for this reason, even when he feels inward affection at times does not show it. Instead, he isolates himself by exhibiting anger through aggressive, obstinate and unreasonable behavior. "Okonkwo never showed any emotions openly, unless it be the emotion of anger." For instance, Okonkwo demands that his family work long hours despite their age and limited physical stamina. ...read more.

Conclusion

This event foreshadows how his head-strong personality will cause more problems that will eventually lead to his huge downfall. Throughout the characters life, he has tried to be different from his father however it is ironical that despite this he dies in a disgraced manner just as his father did. * * Word Count: 480 Brief Explanation of two Proverbs: 1. "Okonkwo was as slippery as a fish in water." This proverb comments and suggests that Okonkwo was an extremely agile person and also an intelligent one. 2. "Let the Kite perch and let the eagle perch too. If one says, no to the other, let his wings break." This proverb suggests that the character of Okonkwo was afraid of the misfortunes faced by his father and his insubstantial existence and death. * ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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