1: Okonkwo has three wives and eight kids. He is a very successful yam farmer. He is successful because his father was a beggar and he despised his father so much he vowed to never be like his father. He is the main character in the novel and his actions and decisions directly influence the mood and location of the novel. He is a large man with bushy eyebrows and a wide nose.
2: This is what I think Okonkwo would look like.
3: Source: Okonkwo wrestling.18, October, 2011.
4: "Okonkwo was popularly called the roaring flame" Pg. 153 because he could sustain a life and take one away just as easily. | This quote was said for one of Okonkwo's daughters but it applies to him also: "People should not talk while eating or pepper might go down the wrong way." Pg.45 which is ironic because he talks about how worthless his father is but yet he beats his wife for an ignorant reason. | This quote made me think it was talking about Okonkwo: "A child's fingers are not scalded by a piece of hot yam which its mother puts in its palm." Pg. 67 This stood out I thought because Okonkwo talks about feeling guilty for murdering Ikemefuna especially because he was the one who killed Ikemefuna and he was told he didn't have to take place in the killing.
5: While in exile he names his child Nneka or "mother is supreme" knowing that not only does a child belong to its fatherland but, also to his fathers family. Pg. 133 | "Looking at a king's mouth one would never think he sucked at his mother's breast." pg.26 This relates to Okonkwo because he was so highly looked upon in their village that people hardly realized that he struggled getting to his great status in the tribe.
6: Proverb 1: | "A chick that will grow into a cock can be spotted the very day it hatches." pg. 66 when Nwoye shows sign of being like his grandfather Okonkwo gets angry because it shows that the proverb is coming true for Nwoye to become like his grandfather. Okonkwo was hoping that Nwoye would turn out like him but when Nwoye joins the Christian Church he gives up all hope for Nwoye.
7: Proverb 2: | "If one finger brought oil it soiled the others" pg. 125 was said by Obierika after he had to destroy Okonkwo's huts. it means that if one person killed an innocent child everyone in the clan had to take a part of the blame. So in order not to break the earth goddess' rules Okonkwo and his family had to be exiled.
8: Masculinity | When Okonkwo is a young wrestler he flips the most well known wrestler: The Cat. This earns him both respect and the hearts of many women. So much so one woman runs away from here husband to be with Okonkwo.
9: Religion | Okonkwo is very dedicated to his religion. so much so that when the oracle says Ikemefuna must be killed Okonkwo goes along and does the killing.
10: Irony | When Okonkwo intentionally kills Ikemefuna all of the towns people are ok with it but, when his gun explodes on accident and a piece of shrapnel pierces and kills a boy he and his family are exiled for seven years.
11: 1. Okonkwo's father is a lazy beggar. he dies and leaves Okonkwo with nothing. | Flow Chart | 2. Okonkwo gets seed yams and stars fending for himself | 3. Starts to climb the tribal ladder by taking on better titles and flipping the well known wrestler "The Cat" | 4. Okonkwo's second wife, Ekwefi, runs away from her husband to marry him.
12: Flow Chart Cont. | 5. Ekwefi tries to have children with Okonkwo but the first nine die because they are ogbanje. Ogbanje are cursed children who are repeatedly reborn and die at a young age. | 6. Oracle makes a prophesy and Okonkwo kills Ikemefuna
13: Flow Chart Cont. | 7. Okonkwo's gun explodes killing a child. He is sent to exile in his motherland. | 8. the Christians arrive and Nwoye becomes a Christian, so Okonkwo shuns Nwoye.