Theme: In the novel Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, portrays how masculinity does not define a true man through conflict.
"That boy calls you father. Do not bear a hand in his death"
"My father they have killed me"
"You haven't eaten for two days"
Earlier that day the people of Umuofia had decided that Ikemefuna had to die. They were going to kill him back to his home village.
"He did not sleep at night. He tried not to think about Ikemefuna, but the more he tried the more he thought about him"
One of the men in the group had shot Ikemefuna and he started running towards Okonkwo and Okonkwo drew his machete on Ikemefuna and killed him. Okonkwo killed Ikemefuna because he was afraid of being thought of as weak.
" You, who are known in all the nine villages for your valor in war? How can a man who has killed five men in battle fall to pieces because he added a boy to their number?"
Okonkwo had not eaten for days because he was feeling guilty for killing Ikemefuna. He did not realize that killing Ikemefuna would make him feel like he did something wrong.
Okonkwo though of Ikemefuna as his own son and did not think that killing him would have this much affect on him. No matter what he did all he could think about was Ikemefuna
Okonkwo tried to do whatever it took to get Ikemefuna off his mind. He didn't understand how he can kill so many people and not have any doubts but then he kills a boy and all of a sudden he can't eat or sleep.
Okonkwo went to visit Obierka because he knew that he could talk to Obierka. Okonkwo needed to take his mind off of Ikemefuna some how.
"He sprung to his feet, hung his goatskin bag on his shoulder and went to visit his friend, Obierka"