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Date Created: 08/19/14
Chris Prinz Senior English 4th period Things Fall Apart Notes 0 Irony O Okonkwo s idea of manliness is based upon the antithesis of his father which means he lacks traits like empathy as he perceives it as weakness However people in the clan do not agree with this 0 Only a week ago a man had contradicted Okonkwo at a kindred meeting which they held to discuss the next ancestral feast Without looking at the man Okonkwo had said This meeting is for men The man who had contradicted him had no titles That was why he had called him a woman Okonkwo knew how to kill a man s spirit Everybody at the kindred meeting took sides with Osugo when Okonkwo called him a woman 26 0 Also Okonkwo lacks humility and as a result antagonizes almost everyone As he attempts to display an aura of manliness his neighbors see him as disrespectful O Okonkwo did as the priest said He also took with him a pot of palmwine Inwardly he was repentant But he was not the man to go about telling his neighbors that he was in error And so people said he had no respect for the gods of the clan His enemies said that his good fortune had gone to his head They called him the little bird nza who so far forgot himself after a heavy meal that he challenged his chi 31 0 Motifs O Yams are a motif for manliness throughout the book as they are the symbol of status among men Yam the king of crops was a man s crop 23 O Okoye was also a musician He played on the ogene But he was not a failure like Unoka He had a large bam full of yams and he had three wives 6 o Chi is a signifier of fortune throughout the book but it also shows that a man can create his own fortune like Okonkwo 0 At most one could say that his chi or his personal god was good But the Ibo people have a proverb that when a man says yes his chi says yes also Okonkwo said yes very strongly so his chi agreed And not only his chi but his clan to because it judged a man by the work of his hands 27 0 Themes 0 Masculinity quotes above 0 Religion and superstition are the guidelines of society in the book which Okonkwo has trouble following 0 And when Ojiugo retumed Okonkwo beat her very heavily 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 halfway through not even for fear of a goddess 30
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