Okonkwo’s Actions Explanations In Achebe’s Things Fall Apart , there are many excerpts and quotes that are very important. When Okonkwo is playing with his friend, Okonkwo recalls the shame of his father being called an agbala, a woman or man without a title: “That was how Okonkwo first came to know that agbala was not only another name for a woman, it could also mean a man who had taken no title. And so Okonkwo was ruled by one passion--- to hate everything that his father, Unoka, had loved. One of those things was gentleness and another was idleness” (13). This quote explicitly states Okonkwo’s distaste for his father and his wanting to oppose everything his father did. Okonkwo’s desire to be the opposite of his father explains why Okonkwo strictly follows the rules to be a man, he beats his family, and his distaste for idleness. The passage introduces the idea that Okonkwo’s father dies without a title, being known as a woman. Okonkwo, being the exact opposite of his father, is constantly threatened by his standards of what a man is. Mostly, he is talking about how a man should not show emotion. A man who shows emotion is considered weak. Throughout the book, Okonkwo meets exciting and sad events but never shows his emotions. Achebe also shows us Okonkwo’s thoughts, which are emotional. These thoughts set the tone for the rest of the book.
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