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  • This quote and scene shows that Okonkwo's toxic interpretation of masculinity negatively affects his relationship with his son nwoye who becomes a depressed, "sad faced youth." because of his father.
  • “He was a very strong man and rarely felt fatigue. But his wives and children were not as strong, and so they suffered. But they dared not complain openly. Okonkwo's first son, Nwoye, was then twelve years old but was already causing his father great anxiety for his incipient laziness. At any rate, that was how it looked to his father, and he sought to correct him through constant nagging and beating.”
  • Your incipient laziness causes me great anxiety.
  • why is my father so cruel, why does he hate me?
  • This quote and scene show how okonkwo's twisted view of masculinity affects his ability to display emotions because certain emotions. such as affection are seen as effeminate, so his children suffer
  • “Okonkwo never showed any emotion openly, unless it be the emotion of anger. To show affection was a sign of weakness; the only thing worth demonstrating was strength.”
  • He is a strong and respectable young man who I see as my own son.
  • I see this man as my own father and I look up to him.
  • In this scene Okonkwo truly shows what he is willing to do to preserve his image as an extremely masculine man with no regrets . In this scene okonkwo kills Ikemefuna because he fears being seen as weak
  • “He heard Ikemefuna cry, “My father , they have killed me!” as he ran towards him. Dazed with fear, Okonkwo drew his machete and cut him down. He was afraid of being thought weak.”
  • I cannot look weak in front of the clan.
  • My father they have killed me.
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