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What are the conflicts in things fall apart?

major conflict On one level, the conflict is between the traditional society of Umuofia and the new customs brought by the whites, which are in turn adopted by many of the villagers. Okonkwo also struggles to be as different from his deceased father as possible.

What are the characters in things fall apart?


What conflict does Obierika address in his conversation with Okonkwo?

Obierika Timeline and Summary Obierika has a conversation with Okonkwo right after the murder of Ikemefuna. Obierika says that he wanted nothing to do with Ikemefuna’s death and Okonkwo shouldn’t have involved himself either. That same day, Obierika negotiates the bride-price for his daughter.

What happened in Chapter 2 of things fall apart?

Summary: Chapter 2 At the gathering, Ogbuefi Ezeugo, a noted orator, announces that someone from the village of Mbaino murdered the wife of an Umuofia tribesman while she was in their market. The elders give the virgin to Ogbuefi Udo as his wife but are not sure what to do with the fifteen-year-old boy, Ikemefuna.

Was Okonkwo a good man?

Okonkwo is a good father in that he is an extremely hard-working man that is able to financially provide for his family. He is a respected member of the community, and he embraces his leadership roles. Okonkwo also recognizes traits in his own father that he doesn’t like, and he works at not emulating those behaviors.

What motivates Okonkwo?

Likely Okonkwo’s biggest motivation is that of trying not to be seen as his father was, a weakling or a failure. This drives him to work incredibly hard, to fight like a lion and acquire two titles and become the veritable big man on campus in Umuofia.

How was Okonkwo successful?

As a result, Okonkwo’s becomes successful in many ways – he becomes very wealthy, holds a high-ranked position in the community, has three wives, and is known for his skill as a wrestler and warrior. He can beat his wives without guilt. He can threaten Ekwefi with a gun when she talks back.

How is Okonkwo hard working?

Okonkwo’s intense fear of failure and being perceived as weak and “feminine” dominates his life. He works hard because he fears becoming his father. He defines masculinity in a toxic, rigid way. Indeed, his fear of being perceived as weak causes him to murder his adoptive son Ikemefuna.

How does Okonkwo lose his identity?

There is also the individual violence Okonkwo exercises on his own personality. This leads to his suicide which represents the physical aspect of his own violence. In return, the novel ends tragically with the death of both the white man and the main the character.

How would Okonkwo describe a successful man?

Okonkwo is considered a success in the village. He has 3 wives, holds titles, plays a role as an egwugwu, and harvests many yams. He holds the same titles as Okonkwo, has many wives and bountiful crops, but he is respected, rather than feared. His wisdom brings him a success that Okonkwo can never match.