Even his father’s death has brought shame to Okonkwo. So he strives to be a successful and affluent man and through his hard work and determination he becomes one. Achebe’s diction in this quote allows the reader to realize the seriousness of Oknonkwo’s fear of failure. For example,” It was deeper and more intimate than the fear of evil.” This alone shows that his fear of failure is ultimately going to lead to his downfall because failure is what makes him this man who is afraid to show any feelings that will be seen as “agbala” which means womanly. This fear throughout the novel causes him to make rash and impetuous decisions in order to achieve a high stature in the tribe.
Amir frequently doesn’t succeed to live up to Babas values. The failure relies on Babas disregard of love towards his own son. Instead he would give his attention and appreciation to his servant’s son Hassan when he would be extraordinary or successful. Babas idea and understanding of being strict holds to be true of looking after number one. Coming close isn’t winning, so when Hassan outperformed Amir in many things such as kite flying, shows Babas prejudicious views on Amir.
He felt let down in his father, as he didn't arrest anyone or carry a gun, "And that disappointed me at times". David saw Wes as a great role model later when he realized what a challenge it was choosing between being a brother, sheriff and an employer to Marie. David starts to see his father in a different way because of the difficult situation he was in, evidence of this is shown when he "could appreciate the situation his father was in" therefore gaining respect for him. Unlike Wes, Frank was a negative role model to David. In Montana shows that David believed that Frank was the perfect "manly" role model until his true colours showed.
No one wants to be seen as weak or a failure and be taken advantage of, that’s why people have their guards up. Things Fall Apart tells a story of a stubborn man (Okonkwo) responding to change. In Chinua Achebe’s book Things Fall Apart, he reveals Okonkwo’s fear of failure and of weakness. Okonkwo, with a deep insecurity of being like his father, known to be a poor, unsuccessful man and a failure in his society, gives his best to be successful and nothing else. Okonkwo passionately works hard to be at the top as a respected man (which he achieves) and the complete opposite of his disappointing father.
It was important because it was the one thing on the island that brought order and respect to the boy that held it. Even though Ralph was not truly the most suitable boy to be the leader of the tribe, he was eager to have an opportunity of leadership. The problem was that he was selected purely based on his charisma and aura. This charisma was something that Ralph possessed; however, Piggy, the true leader, did not posses it. Thus, Piggy represented the inequality of man that Rousseau describes in his essay.
He is afraid to show affection, as seen with Ezinma and Ikemefuna. In fact, he is so “possessed by the fear of his father’s contemptible life” (Achebe 18), that he does not heed Ezeudu’s advice regarding the death of Ikemefuna. Okonkwo is afraid of looking weak, so he kills Ikemefuna himself. His deep seated fear of resembling his father is stronger than even love for his adopted son. Okonkwo’s “whole life was dominated by […] fear of failure and of weakness” (Achebe 13), and while this initially aids him in his success, it is also the precise reason for all his immoral actions.
He didn’t want to obey others; even to those who think they are better than him he defiantly challenged them. On the other hand, Aristides’ name was popular for “just”. People who even don’t know him they are tired of hearing Aristides the just. He was particularly admired about his strength on the purpose of understanding the political treasure. He believed he was on the position to serve his country and his people without any expectation.
Proctors action s reveal his inner strength. For example, when John tears his testimony he is giving his life away. Proctor action’s not common because he is a brave man who cares about his family. In Salem no body else would have dared defy authority because they are afraid to die by the injustices of the town. John Proctor choose to go against the judge s orders for the reputation of his family can be ruin because of his action.
At the same time, Ma has dominance over Pa Joad, which was practically unheard of in the thirties male dominated society. Pa realized that Ma’s strength and will to keep fighting was necessary in keeping the family together. But, Pa resists giving up his title as head of the family as he sees this as the man’s role. He quickly realizes that there is no hope in him winning against
Amir only has one thing on his mind in the beginning of the novel, he is ambitious for his father's affection and approval. Amir is very different than his father, Baba. For example, he enjoys reading and writing and he is a coward. Baba sees this as a weakness, and since Baba is a strong, brave and confident man he disapproves of his son which leads him to give Amir less affection than he would if the two were more alike. The less affection Baba gives Amir, the more he wants it.“If I hadn't seen the doctor pull him out of my wife with my own eyes, I'd never believe he's my son.” This directly shows how ashamed