He decided to take his own life as a result of a lifelong struggle to help his clan by being a strong and hardworking man, in an attempt to distance himself from his weak and unsuccessful father’s reputation. The point I am making here is that Okonkwo’s tragic life story is a rather complex and heartfelt one. Achebe spends 24 chapters developing Okonkwo’s character only to have some white colonialist sum up his troubled life in a “reasonable paragraph”. This shows the Commissioner’s racist attitude toward African people. In his mind, African people are savages and less human than whites.
The continuous disagreement between Okonkwo and the new religion, people, and values adopted by his society results in his life falling apart and suicide, at the end of the book. MAIN IDEA: THESIS STATEMENT The main idea of the book was the white man coming to Africa to destroy the culture because African tradition and Western European cannot easily coexist without conflicting, there was a vast different between the two. The book does not
"And so Okonkwo was ruled by one passion- to hate everything that his father Unoka had loved. "(17) Nwoye is presented as being similar to his grandfather, or at least that is Okonkwo's greatest fear: "Nwoye was then twelve years old but was already causing his father great anxiety for his incipient laziness. At any rate, that was how it looked to his father." (17) Here the narrator interferes in defense of Nwoye; what it looks like to his father may not be the truth about the boy. But who is Nwoye?
This is directly connected to Francois and his team, because they go up against immeasurable odds just to win the world cup, uniting the country. They train very hard, and quite literally go through hell just to win. Also, Francois is indirectly related to this poem because he was told about it by Nelson Mandela, who came from a very bad prison and when he came out, he was ready to forgive the whites. Francois’ greatest challenge in making moral decisions is the acceptance of his subordinates and parents. His parents resent Madiba in the beginning of the movie, and when Francois starts to be influenced by Mandela his parents disapprove of it.
His family suffers when he takes his anger out on them for the simplest things just to prove he is a man. Other tribe members suffer when Okonkwo continues to let them down time after time. Okonkwo’s fear of turning into his father, changes him into a different person that hardly resembles his past characteristics of being a heroic, smart and wealthy warrior. Instead, he changes into a man that cannot respect himself and others. Okonkwo is a clan leader in Umuofia.
So they just kept holding the thought that black people were not deserved to be treated equally. Baldwin and his father, the first and second generation of freemen, was a typical example of discrimination in this time. Throughout this essay, Baldwin has explained his strained relationship with his father because of all the anger and paranoia his father expressed during his childhood. But also at the same time, he regretted that he did not get to know him better when he was alive since the moment Baldwin realized that his father was only trying to protect him from racism. By going through all the experiences that Baldwin and his father had earned by their skin color, he himself have learnt about what position he and Negroes in general were placed in by the society in that time and how he has figured a way out.
By reading the principal’s speech, Richard was saying what the white power wanted him to say and to Richard this would be giving in to the very thing he hated so much. Richard was willing to leave school without a diploma instead of this. White people alienated Richard from his environment because he did not accept the way of life that other black people did. Richard’s relatives never understood Richard and because of this he was alienated from his family and his own people. Shorty is the young black boy who gets beat by the white people and jokes about it.
Based on Parrillo's essay, we will analyze what caused C.P. Ellis to be prejudice and how he changed. Ellis was a white male from a low-income class. His frustrations and misfortunes lead him to become a member of the Ku Klux Klan. His father always told Ellis to stay away from blacks, Jews, and Catholics’ and he obeyed his father’s wishes.
Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” is a tragic story of Willy Loman, the father of what can be considered a typical American family. Willy’s father was never there to teach him the importance of tradition, values, or healthy opinions. Willy has spent his whole life chasing the American dream of wealth and posterity working as a salesman. Now in his sixty’s he is suffering from memory loss, he has lost his job, and has no financial security. He never knew his father so he doesn’t have a good sense of his own identity, he makes poor decisions in raising his son’s by instilling a false sense of what it takes to be successful, and allows them to steal and cheat.
For example, Okonkwo a once respected and influential man ended up hanging himself. This is ironic due to the fact that in the beginning of the novel Okonkwo said, “Since I survived that year, I shall survive anything.” (talking about the year of bad crops). Obviously he was wrong about that considering he ended his own life at the end of the novel showing that in fact he could not survive anything, including the falling of the Ibo clan and his realization of being alone in his wish for war with the white missionaries and government. Likewise, Okonkwo never wanting to replicate his father, which he spent his whole life trying to prove, ended up being buried in the Evil Forest, the exact place his father was sent when he died. When things became rough for Okonkwo he decided to give up on life, which is something his father may have done.