TFA Literary Essay.docx.pdf - Nevaeh Haddock Monday English II(H \u2013 2\u200bnd\u200b Period TFA \u200bLiterary Analysis Essay The Intricate layers of a Man

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Nevaeh Haddock Monday, February 20, 2017 English II (H) – 2 nd Period TFA Literary Analysis Essay The Intricate layers of a Man: Okonkwo in Achebe’s Things Fall Apart Award winning psychologist, writer, and professor, Steven Pinker declares the following: “human nature is complex. Even if we do have inclinations towards violence, we also have inclinations to empathy, to cooperation, to self-control.” Humans are too complex to be judged by one lone trait or action. In his novel, Things Fall Apart , the Nigerian author Chinua Achebe accentuates the impact of environment on a person’s mannerisms and mindset. His main character, Okonkwo, is a sickeningly impulsive and insecure man, but he also is one of the most hardworking and determined characters in Nigerian literature. Okonkwo, unquestionably, harbors negative characteristics. His greatest flaw is his raging impulsiveness. He continuously acts without thinking; therefore, he reaps the consequences. Even during holidays, rituals, and traditions such as “the Week of Peace,” he cannot bring himself to act calmly and reasonably; he reacts to things quickly, irrationally, and more often than not, violently: “In his anger he had forgotten that it was the Week of Peace. His first two wives ran out in great alarm pleading with him that it was the sacred week. But Okonkwo was not the man to stop beating somebody half-way through, not even for fear of a goddess” (Achebe 29-30). Okonkwo’s impulsive tendencies originate from one main source: his
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