FC: Things Fall Apart
2: Okonkwo was a strong man. He won the respect of the tribe by throwing cats. He didn't really like weak people and what was ironic was that his son was the weakest person in the Ibo tribe.
4: Quote 1: "Okonkwo stood looking at the dead man. He knew that Umuofia would not go to war. He knew because they had let the other messengers escape. They had broken into tumult instead of action. He discerned fright in that tumult. He heard voices asking: 'Why did he do it?'" - Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart, Ch. 24
5: Quote 2: "A proud heart can survive general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride. It is more difficult and more bitter when a man fails alone." - Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart, Ch. 3
6: Quote 3: "But he was not the man to go about telling his neighbors that he was in error. And so people said he had no respect for the gods of the clan. His enemies said that his good fortune had gone to his head." - Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart, Ch. 4
7: Quote 4: "'When did you become a shivering old woman,' Okonkwo asked himself, 'you, who are known in all the nine villages for your valor in war? How can a man who has killed five men in battle fall to pieces because he has added a boy to their number? Okonkwo, you have become a woman indeed.'" - Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart, Ch. 8
8: Quote 5: "'Beware Okonkwo!' she warned. 'Beware of exchanging words with Agbala. Does a man speak when a god speaks? Beware!'" - Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart, Ch. 11
9: - p. 21. "The lizard that jumped from the high iroko tree to the ground said he would praise himself if no one else did." - p. 19. "A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness." | Proverbs
10: Themes | Fear: For all of his desire to be strong, Okonkwo is haunted by fear. He is profoundly afraid of failure, and he is afraid of being considered weak. This fear drives him to rashness, and in the end contributes to his death.
11: Memory: Digression is one of Achebe's main tools. The novel is the story of Okonkwo's tragedy, but it is also a record of Igbo life before the coming of the white man. The novel documents what the white man destroyed. The reader learns much about Igbo customs and traditions; depicting this world is a central part of the novel.
12: Literary Terms | An internal conflict is a struggle within one character. Two characters in the novel experience internal conflicts. Okonkwo feels love for his daughter, Ezinma, and his adopted son, Ikemefuma, but he cannot show it. The only emotion Okonkwo feels a man must show is anger, so he hides his affection for both children.