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Manhood in Things Fall Apart

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Manhood in Things Fall Apart

Manhood suggests something extremely different for each of the 3 male characters: Unoka, Okonkwo and Nwoye. I think that concept of manhood holds the most implying for Okonkwo. Okonkwo was frightened of being viewed as womanly or “soft”. Okonkwo based his beliefs on manhood on very standard values. Whatever great in Okonkwo’s life has actually originated from masculine controlled or associated suitables. Beginning with an extremely early age Okonkwo has actually feared being like his father, among other negative attributes Okonkwo sees his dad above all else as feminine.

The fear of Okonkwo to be like his dad drives him to be the opposite in every method possible. Due to seeing his father as a lazy, misusing excuse of a man Okonkwo make his own method for himself. He does this first by obtaining minor popularity by wrestling and beating Amalinze “the Cat” in a wrestling competition. This brought honor to his town, which likewise brought honor upon Okonkwo. As he became manhood Okonkwo became known for being a strong warrior, along with effective farmer; both of which in the Igbo society were viewed as manly functions.

Through the drive to be extremely manly Okonkwo did end up being extremely effective, in his eyes it was because of his effort and his drive to do better than his daddy. Although this ultra masculine attributes that brought Okonkwo success, aggression, rashness, and violence was what also brought his demise. Okonkwo saw manhood as never ever showing weak point. This might be weakness as a daddy, like when Okonkwo collected medication for his daughter Ezinma when she was ill or weak point as a company to his whole family, like how Okonkwo fanatically worked and farmed to guarantee their future.

The book opened 10 years after Unoka’s death, due to the fact that of this we really just get to hear about him from the prejudiced view of Okonkwo. Due to this I don’t think we can conclude very much information from Unoka, but what we can conclude is that Unoka did what his desired in life. He was not forced to suit Igbo social requirements to be “manly” as they saw, his interest in the arts and absence of warrior mentality set him apart. Nwoye is a character who’s ideas alter from beginning to end. At first Nwoye appears to quite like his grandfather Unoka, he was not able to please his requiring dad.

After the intro of Ikemefuna, Nwoye is taught masculine ways by this older sibling figure. Okonkwo sees his kid slowly occurring and lays off him. Until the murder of Ikemefuna Nwoye is at ease with the relation with his daddy, later on he swears off his and opposed everything about him; just like Okonkwo did to his daddy. I think the most accepted meaning of manhood in the ever changing Igbo culture is viewed as someplace in between Nwoye and Okonkwo. Okonkwo represents the standard qualities, while Nwoye represents the ability to change and adjust in the new world.

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