Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart
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  • Feelings that womanish things do you speak of?
  • I love you but I hate you! if you want my respect you must at like men!
  • I must kill him, for I am a man!
  • Father they've killed me!!
  • "Perhaps down in his heart Okonkwo was not cruel man. But his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of weakness" (12).  Okonkwo is afraid of his feelings and that they might make him a coward or non-masculine. However, by pushing them aside he's become a coward. 
  • where have you been you foolish boy!
  • "To show affection was a sign of weakness; the only thing worth demonstrating was strength" (25). This quote shows how Okonkwo only values his appearance and what others think of him. He does not want to express his emotions, unless its strength. 
  • I should kill every last one of that vile gang
  • These people should pay for hurting our village.
  • "Dazed with fear, Okonkwo drew his machete and cut him down. he was afraid of being thought weak" (52). Achebe writes how Okonkwo has a personality that is quick to anger. This makes Okonkwo very impulsive. By being this way Okonkwo becomes a coward by not facing his feelings and thinking before acting, making him hurt those he cares for.
  • why did he do it?
  • Noooo You killed a church member!
  •   "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" (126). This quote explains how quick to action Okonkwo is, he doesn't even have to think before hurting someone. By Nwoye joining the church it also shows the anger Okonkwo feels having people think his son is part of this new "faith".
  • "As Okonkwo sat in his hut that night, gazing at the log fire, he thought over the matter. A sudden fury rose within him and he felt a strong desire to take up his machete, go to the church and wipe out the entire vile and miscreant gang"(127). Achebe uses this to illustrate Okonkwos mind. He finds hope in revenge, hoping that he wil regain high statues if he kills the new church.  
  • "In a flash Okonkwo drew his machete. The messenger crouched to avoid the blow. It was useless Okonwo's machete descended twice and the man's head laid beside his uniformed body" (168).  This shows that Okonkwo acting on impulse will do anything to protect his life or masculinity. Okonkwo will kill and hurt others to protect himself, no matter the cost. 
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