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S: Things Fall Apart

FC: Okonkwo's Life

1: Okonkwo belives that masculinity is basically the only reason to live. If you arent manly enough, in his opinion, then you are not a man. His attitude gets him into a lot of trouble when he killed Ikemefuna and later accidently killed the son of someone in his village. Him and his family were then forced to leave the clan. This shows that one of the novel's themes is masculinity. "He had no patience with unsuccessful men." (Achebe 4)

2: Okonkwo beat the Cat wrestling.(Achebe3)------> Okonkwo's seven year exile had ended.(Achebe 162) | Flow Map Okonkwo killed Ikemefuna who came to live with him three years ago.(Achebe 61)-----> Nwoye became a Christian in Mbanta.(Achebe 147) <------ | Okonkwo and is family had to leave the clan. (Achebe 124) <------

3: Excerpts/Quotes 1."Perhaps down in his heart Okonkwo was not a cruel man. But his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of his own failure and of weakness." (Achebe 13) 2. "He was still young but he had won fame as the greatest wrestler in the nine villages." (Achebe 8) 3. "Dazed with fear, Okonkwo drew his machete and cut him down. He was afraid of being thought weak." (Achebe 61) 4."Okonkwo's gun had exploded and a piece of iron had pierced the boy's heart. The only course open to Okonkwo was to flee from the clan. (Achebe 124) 5. "You think you are the gratest sufferer in the world? Do you know that men are sometimes banished for life?" said Uchendu. (Achebe 135)

4: Proverbs Related to Okonkwo 1. "A chick that will grow into a cock can be spotted the very day it hatches." (Achebe 66) 2. "If one finger brought oil it soiled the others." (Achebe 125) Bangura, Gibril, West African Man Deep in Thought, 6/10/11, 24/10/11, http://www.africanartwork.alburnum.com/west-african-art-2/

5: Themes Related to Okonkwo 1. Unfortunate events keep happening to Okonkwo. With the banishment and history of his father. 2. He feared change. One example would be the religion of Christianity.

6: Literary Terms Tragic Hero- Okonkwo is the main character Tragic Flaw- He killed Ikemefuna, is mad at his son Nwoye, he never liked his dad, and he had to go into exile Tragedy- He killed himself at the end of the book

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