Things fall apart

Chinua Achebe's, Things Fall Apart, is about the tragic life of Okonkwo, a well respected Ibo clansman. The novel is tragic because Okonkwo was a great man, and unfortunately he is destroyed by his own weaknesses. Okonkwo's downfall was that he feared of becoming like his father, who was really weak and according to Okonkwo, a "woman." After all Okonkwo is his father's blood, and his weaknesses are innate.
Okonkwo was one of the greatest men of his time. Okonkwo was a hardworking, successful yam farmer and a fierce warrior. Okonkwo's hard working ethics had brought him great success in farming and wrestling. Okonkwo was a successful farmer because he "worked daily on his farms from cock-crow until the chickens went to roost. He was a very strong man and rarely felt fatigue." At a very young age, Okonkwo had brought great news in his town, he defeated Amilinze the Cat. He became popular in all nine villages. "Okonkwo's fame had grown like a bush-fire in the harmattan." And many described him as being "slippery as a fish" in his fight against Amilinze, who was unbeaten for seven years. Even though Okonkwo was young when he defeated Amilinze, he had earned his fame across the nine villages. Starting from scratch, Okonkwo had two barns full of yams, two titles from inter-tribal wars, and three wives, thus becoming a great man at a very young age.
Okonkwo was the exact opposite of his father. His father was a complete failure. Even at the time of his death, he was heavily at debt and had taken no titles. "Okonkwo was not a cruel man. But his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of weakness." Okonkwo feared of failing, eventually his tragedy began when he had killed a boy accidentally. Everyone had come to celebrate the life of Ezuedu and the boy was his son. All his hard work had been shaken, and nothing was able to p


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