things fall apart

things fall apart

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  • "As a young man of 18, he has brought honor to his village by throwing the great wrestler Amalinze the Cat."
  • okonkwo was well known thoughout the villages because of his great personal achievements
  • he earned his own fame
  • everyone knew his dad had no title and was in a lot of debt and very lazy.
  • i don't want to be anything like my father.
  • "His father was lazy and improvident and was quite incapable of thinking about tomorrow"
  • everyone in the village also knew not to disrespect Okonkwo because there would be consequences
  • “He had a slight stammer and whenever he was angry and could not get words out quickly enough, he would use his fists”
  • okonkwo acted out of anger because he didn't want to show any signs of weakness
  • he beat his wife during week of peace because he can't control his actions when it comes to anger
  • "who killed this banana tree?"
  • this is improper use of masculinity because being a man doesn't mean using that power in wrong ways
  • "Unfortunately for her Okonkwo heard it and ran madly into his room for the loaded gun.”
  • his wife said a smart comment and instead of settling it he shot at her out of anger
  • Okonkwo, who had been walking about aimlessly in his compound in suppressed anger suddenly found an outlet.”
  • *internal yelling*
  • he has all this built up anger and the only way he releases it through the book is though physical contact
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