A few moments later he went behind the hut and began to vomit painfully.” (27-8) To Okonkwo, keeping his status as a powerful, controlling man is of utmost importance, hence putting on his act to get what he desires. Following in the footsteps of his father terrifies Okonkwo mainly because of how his father was an “agbala” and Okonkwo would not be one without a title. He has worked incredibly hard his whole life to keep a family and a high status. “It was the fear of himself, lest he should be found to resemble his father. Even as a little boy he had resented his father’s failure and weakness, and even now he still remembered how he had suffered when a playmate had told him that his father was agbala . And so Okonkwo was ruled by one passion – to hate everything that
his father Unoka had loved.” (13) Okonkwo shaped his whole life around this idea of “agbala”, he couldn't show the slightest compassion or kindness if he were to keep his word. To be that fearful of one's image resembling that of their fathers is unfathomable. Okonkwo feels compelled to mask all feeling of compassion and kindness, which shows great strength, but also immense weakness for being unable to deal with the persecutions. “Okonkwo was specially fond of Ezinma. She looked very much like her mother, who was once the village beauty. But his fondness only showed on very rare occasions.” (44) As a result of this decision, Okonkwo has lost a connection with his family and community. Okonkwo experiences extreme loneliness because of this choice he suffers tremendously. To conclude, fear is powerful in many different ways. For Okonkwo, he is fearful of his image, and his resemblance to his father. This quality can deteriorate someone to nothing, it can completely modify a person. Things Fall Apart is simply a story of what fear can do to a man.
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