Things Fall Apart (1-4)
Things Break Down (Chapters 1-4) Conflict between custom and change “Okonkwo did not have the start in life in which many boys generally had. He did not acquire a barn from his daddy. There was no barn to inherit” (Achebe 16). Typically in Umuofia, when a man passes away, his son acquires his possessions. Okonkwo’s dad, Unoka, was terrified by the sight of blood, in an immense amount of debt and did not support his family. As a result of Okonkwo’s dad having no title, Okonkwo was entrusted to absolutely nothing when his daddy passed away.
After the death of his father, Okonkwo chooses he will not fail like his father and instead, will make a name for himself. Okonkwo goes far for himself by constructing his wealth, having a barn filled with yams, being a knowledgeable warrior, weding three ladies, and having 8 children. Due to the fact that Okonkwo has actually exceeded his daddy, and a number of the other males in his town, his excessive quantity of pride in some cases obstructs of his sensations, and gives others a less than best image of him. Differing views of masculinity His mother and siblings strove enough, but they grew crops, like coco-yams, beans, and cassava. Yam, the king of crops, was a man’s crop” (Achebe 22). Okonkwo began supporting his household at an early age. Although his mother and sis worked hard by cropping, they might not grow yams because of the amount of work required. Considering that he was young, Okonkwo understood that he had to offset the defects of his father, and for that reason felt it required to be the sole advocate of his household. In many cultures, the male of your home is the supporter of the household and the enforcer of rules and expectations.
I believe that being the male of your home provided Okonkwo a feeling of validation and increased his pride, which later caused his complete and total control his better halves and children. Okonkwo’s hubris “His first two wives went out in excellent alarm pleading with him that it was the sacred week. However Okonkwo was not the male to stop beating somebody half-way through, not even for the fear of a goddess” (Achebe 30). Although Okonkwo’s extreme quantity of pride has actually gotten him high social rank, it has likewise produced a big amount of friction between him and individuals closest to him.
After Okonkwo’s better half went to get her hair braided without making supper, Okonkwo beat her during the spiritual week of peace. In Umuofia, all people live in total peace for one week in hopes of having the earth goddess bless them with successful crops. Although Okonkwo knew it was wrong to break the peace by beating his better half, he did it anyway. This could show that he acts on feelings without always believing things through completely. It might likewise show that his worry of failure and not remaining in control appears to control him. I think that earlier instead of later Okonkwo will fall significantly as an outcome of his hubris.