Strengths and Weaknesses Okonkwo v. CahokiaPresentation Transcript
Strengths and Weaknesses Okonkwo v. Cahokia By Heather Cousins August 29, 2008
Strength and Weaknesses
A person’s or civilization’s strength can bring out their weaknesses the most. Strength means, the action that someone does, and brings out good results. Weakness means, a flaw that shows the lack of physical or mental strength. Even though strength and weakness are antonyms, they bring out the best of each other.
Okonkwo was a man of many strengths that got him to such a high status in his clan. But his strengths bring out the worst of him, his weaknesses.
Wrestling: Okonkwo earned his respect through defeating “The Cat”. When Okonkwo was at the top he wanted to show no weakness to bring him down.
He started abusing his family
Killed his adopted son
Broke the tradition during the Week of Peace
Cahokia is a place where a civilization thrived. They are most known for their mounds. Most of their mounds were used for a mortuary or a ritual location. They also grew lots of corn, a vegetable they depended on. Over time Cahokia was abandoned, and even now no one knows why.
Farming: The Cahokians excelled at farming. They grew many things especially corn.
Depending on corn was their weakness because if something happened to the corn there would be starvation.
They used the woodhenge to help them tell what time of the year it was. Strength was using a such a simple resource like wood and creating a calender with it.
Weakness: Depending on logs to help them determine when harvesting season was best for their plants.
Architecture and Defense:
Built a 2 mile wall around Monk’s Mound that was made of logs
Used 80,000 trees to make the wall
Weakness: Might have cause deforestation
The result of their weaknesses
For Okonkwo his weaknesses brought him to his downfall and eventually his death.
For Cahokia their weakness brought them to their downfall, and might have caused people to abandon it.