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Things Fall Apart: Okonkwo By: Deion Sampson

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1: Oknonkwo is the father of eight children and has three wives. He is a successful yam farmer. He does not like his father because his father was a failure and he strives to be better than his father. He is the main character of the novel, whose actions and decisions directly influence the mood and location of the novel. He is tall and huge, with bushy eyebrows and a wide nose.

2: When I imagine Okonkwo in my mind, this is a good example of the mental image that I get.

3: Source:Musuni ores Ole AFRICA: KENYA, TANZANIA, MAASAILAND AND MT. KILIMANJARO AUGUST 13-27,2010 Tuesday, October 18,2011

4: Okonkwo was Popularly called the Roaring Flame, due to the fact that like fire he could both sustain life, and take it away. Page:133* | s | This quote stood out to me as pertaining to Okonkwo: A Child's fingers are not Scalded by a piece of hot yam, which a mother puts into its palm. This stood out I though because Okonkwo talks about feeling guilty for killing Ikemifuma yet he is the one that dealt the final blow, plus his friend Obikeri said that if he didn't want any part of it that he didn't have to participate. Page:58 | This quote is said by one of Okonkwo's daughters but apply's to him well: People should not talk when they are eating or pepper may go down the wrong way. | Which is ironic considering he talks about his father being a worthless man but, ends up beating one of his wifes for an ignorant reason.

5: While in exile Okonkwo names the child born, Nneka or Mother is Supreme, knowing that not only does a child belong to its fatherland, but also to fathers family. Page:116 | This quote goes with Okonkwo as well: Looking at a kings mouth one would think he never sucked at his mothers breast. How this relates to Okonkwo is that he is looked up to by a lot of people in the tribe. Most don't know that not only did he struggle, but he had to have some assistants to get to where he is in the tribe, He didn't do it all single handedly.Page:22 | Making him look the same as what he mocks. On top of that he does this during the weak of peace, which is a week which there is to be no violence, then to to top it all off, this hasn't happened in hundreds of years, due to the fact that this tradition is so sacred. Page:39

6: Proverb 1 A chick that will grow into a cock can be spotted the very day it hatches. When Okonkwo's son is showing signs of being like his grandfather Okonkwo becomes angered because he knew that this quote was only showing promise for his adopted son Ikemifuma. Since Okonkwo has already killed Ikemifuma though he knows that his oldest son is his only hope. But once his oldest son joins the Christian Church, he realizes all hope for him is truly lost. Page:57

7: Proverb 2 If one finger brought oil it soiled the others This is said by Obierka after he was forced to destroy Okonkwo's huts. This quote basically means that if they condemn the killing of a innocent child that it would mean that they all did. Even though Okonkwo was highly respected they couldn't disobey the Earth Goddess's rules, unless they were prepared to face her wrath. Page:111

8: Masculinity When Okonkwo is a young wrestler he flips the most well known and renown wrestler: Cat. This earns him both respect and the hearts of many women. So much so that one women runs away from her husband just to be with him.

9: Religion Okonkwo is very dedicated to his religion. So much so that when a prophesy is said by a Oracle, that he must kill his adopted son, he follows through without even a though. This shows how willing he is to not only prove himself to his people but, also that he will fulfill any obligation he has to, no matter the price.

10: Irony When Okonkwo kills his own son everyone seems to be fine with, actually they almost seem to reward him. But, when he accidentally kills another mans son everyone goes crazy and instantly wants to punish him. This is extremely ironic I think. Page: 109

12: 1.Okokwo's father is a lazy failure. Dies leaving Okonkwo broke and left to fend for himself. | 2. Okonkwo gets Seed Yams and begins fending for himself. | 6. Oracle makes a prophesy, Okonkwo kills his adopted son Ikemifuma. | 7. Okonkwo accidentally shoots a kid, killing him, his punishment is 7 years exile in his motherland.

13: 3.Works his way up tribal respect ladder by taking on titles and flipping well known and respected wrestler: Cat | 4. Ekewefi: one of Okonkwo's wife, runs away from her first husband to be with him because she liked him so much. | 5. Ekewefi tries to have children by Okonkwo but 5 die because there is a curse that is causing the dead baby to come back again and again. | 8. The Christians arrive, they influence Okonkwo's eldest son to join them, therefore Okonkwo shuns him.

15: "My little dog, a heartbeat at my feet." ~ Edith Wharton

16: Here Kitty, Kitty

17: Cats understand the importance of a nap. | Meow

22: Cats and dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole. - Bettina Eddie

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