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As the main character of the novel Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo is a very distinguished character with bold characteristics. While reading the novel many will notice his short temper.

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IB English A1 28 October 2010 Okonkwo's Main Character Traits "Things Fall Apart" is a novel written by Chinua Achebe. The novel settings depicts the culture and events ccurring in Ibo, a Nigerian province, during colonial times. Most of the chapters include the perspective from the main character Okonkwo. A man with very unique characteristics, Okonkwo is a character that has proven to be difficult to understand and comprehend. My goal in this paper is to highlight the main characteristics of Okonkwo and to support these points with evidence from book.. Main Characteristics As the main character of the novel "Things Fall Apart", Okonkwo is a very distinguished character with bold characteristics. While reading the novel many will notice his short temper. Others might notice his prejudice attitude against others. ...read more.


Okonkwo's Anger. A man with a very short temper, Okonkwo's furious rage is illustrated in the novel many times. During the Week of Peace, his youngest wife while having her hair plaited had forgotten to cook dinner for Okonkwo. Once she arrived home, in a furious rage he beats her half way to death as a punishment. His second wife had cut the leaves of a banana tree and accidentally caused its death. Naturally, without any thought he gives her a sound beating and leaves her and her only daughter dazed with fear. Okonkwo's anger was also descriptively illustrated when he learned of Nwoye's conversion to Christianity: "He went into the obi and saluted his father, but he did not answer. Nwoye turned round to walk into the inner compound when his father, suddenly overcome with fury, sprang to his feet and gripped him by the neck. ...read more.


In the beginning of the novel, the first few chapters stated : "But his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of weakness.....to hate everything that his father Unoka had loved."(13). This theme keeps repeating in different situations ex."killing Ikemefuna, not enjoying the feasts...". This fear of failure led him to a life where he is seen as a brutal tyrant and dictator in his household. The way the author potrays Okonkwo usually shows his attitude towards the character too. Okwonko is potrayed as a man of great strength, accomplishments and temperamental. His fear of failure makes him push his wives and children to do more and never to make a mistake. He beats and under mine his wives and children because of their social status and his short temper. Nevertheless Achebe notes that Okwonko does have a light side: "Perhaps down in his heart Okonkwo was not a cruel man......the fear of failure and of weakness." (13). ...read more.

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