true colors even when you're not in an insane situation. Okonkwo becomes angry when he has nothing to do, so as stated in the novel, he “beats Ekwefi”, his daughter. These actions make okonkwo form into the person he is becoming, since he is very angry and conflicted most of the time. The power of fear definitely can and will control Okonkwo’s fate. Rather than Okonkwo mastering his fear, he allows it to dominate him and drive his actions. Fear leads him to lash out
Crespo 4 and beat his wives. All in all, Okonkwo seems to almost have a tunnel vision due to the fear that his dad essentially gave him, which is exactly what Achebe was trying to prove. The power of fear is heavily portrayed throughout the novel within the thoughts and desires Okonkwo has to contradict his father's outlook and personality. Many of the characters suffer from fear of some sort. Ekwefi fears of losing her daughter. Ekwefi is Okonkwo's second wife and the mother of Ezinma. Ezinma is her only surviving child, hence why the two share a close relationship. When Ekwefi hears her daughter may be in danger, a deep, internal fear engulfs her. She begins to think outside of reality, into a darkness, and fear essentially dictates the well-being of Ekwefi overall. In the text it states, “The world was now peopled with vague, fantastic figures that dissolved under her steady gaze and then formed again in new shapes. It was not the same Chielo who sat with her in the market and sometimes bought beancakes for Ezinma, whom she called her daughter. Ekwefi trudged along between two fears” (Achebe 11). The unrealistic and unknown environment exaggerates Ekwefi’s imagination and her fear. Achebe uses imagery within Ekwefi’s scarce thoughts to highlight the fact that fear can and will control you. So essentially, Ekwefi is trapped between two fears. One fear being of the unknown darkness around her and the other is the person by the name of Chielo abducting her daughter Enzima. Throughout things fall apart , the role of fear plays a crucial and dictative part and leaves Ekwefi with more than one internal fear. The power of fear in this novel is extremely showcased through the many characters, and the theme of the power of fear is presented throughout the whole book. Okonkwo suffers from internal fear due this week cowardly father. The fear embedded in okonkwo dictates his actions and essentially causes him to lash out and beat his wives. One of the main characters, Okonkwo, is a great man whom decides to focus his life to be the opposite of his father. Okonkwo’s life
Crespo 5 essentially revolves around fear, since he strives to be a much more successful individual than his careless, cowardly father. Furthermore, Achebe uses the theme of the power of fear to portray how it not only affects one's actions, but their well being overall and who they are as a person.