Things Fall Apart
WHAT DOES THE PHRASE“FALL APART” MEANS
“Collapse, break down, either physically or mentally and emotionally”
“come apart at the seams; go to pieces.”
CHINUA ACHEBE [1930 (NOW, AGE 80)]
PUBLISHER: HEINEMANN, 148 (1958 )
CHARACTERS MENTIONED IN THESE QUESTIONS
OKONKWO’S DESIRE to be strong, wealthy and respected comes from both his CULTURAL experience and his feelings about his FATHER. WHICH AFFECTS HIM MORE? (Choose, and explain why one affects more)
HE IS OKONKWO
WHAT IS DESIRE?
“Noun: A strong feeling of wanting
Verb: Strongly wish for something” Google
“he feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state” The Free Dictionary
“Synonyms: ambition, aspiration, dream” TFD
OKONKWO’S DESIRE TO BE STRONG
Both - It comes from both feelings Cultural and feelings about father
More honours for his village for bravery
TRAGIC FLAW: “My father, they have killed me!... He was afraid of being thought weak” (Achebe 43)
More valued and respected
OKONKWO’S DESIRE TO BE RESPECTED COMES FROM CULTURE ALSO
The desire comes from his standing among his people will positively transformed. Unlike his father with no titles.
“who had risen so suddenly from great poverty and misfortune to be one of the lords of the clan. The old man bore no ill-will towards Okonkwo. INDEED HE RESPECTED HIM FOR HIS INDUSTRY AND SUCCESS” (Achebe 19).
MORE SHEEP/ANIMALS + MORE TITLES + MORE MONEY = MORE RESPECT, MORE WIVES
Being strong meant being a warrior, a defender, a protector and a leader – Ibo people respected warriors.
He desires to be somebody instead of being nobody like this father.
OKONKWO AND UNOKA (HIS FATHER ARGUING)
The more the animals the more the respect
The important question of what affects him more?
His feelings about his father affects him more
Feelings about his father changed his life
Father’s GUILT ‘of being nobody’ made him struggle
The guilt of suicide committed by his father
WHAT AFFECTS HIM MORE?
“whenever he was angry and could not get his words out quickly enough, he would use his fists. He had NO PATIENCE WITH UNSUCCESSFUL MEN. He had had no patience with his father” (Achebe 3).
At least at the end (BEING A WARRIOR) he realizes its TIME TO SACRIFICE his own self. Even though, he knew it is the most difficult part in his life. Okonkwo was all the time running away from this embarrassment of dying like this father. And now being like his father meant his salvation for himself and his people.
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