Things Fall Apart

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The Great Hero By James Kwon P.1 McCarty “The characteristic of genuine heroism is its persistency. All men have wandering impulses, fits and starts of generosity. But when you have resolved to be great, abide by yourself, and do not weakly try to reconcile yourself with the world. The heroic cannot be the common, nor the common the heroic.” By Ralph Waldo Emerson. In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe portrays a heroic man deemed with glorious and praiseworthy deeds he has contributed to the society. Okwonkos weak, poor, cowardly father motivates Okwonko to strive to become a better hero or person overall. First off Okwonkos success was mainly driven by the fear of resembling his father who is: weak, poor, and a coward. By having this bad father shifted Okwonkos perspective on life by being more of a materialistic man with power. For example, “He was possessed by the fear of his father’s contemptible life and shameful death” reveals how he perceives his father and shifted his whole life because of this. Okwonko strives to be successful by focusing on materialistic things and by hard work. Okwonko at a young age was determined to work hard and to strive to not resemble his father by desperately attempting to farm. For example, “I began to fend for myself at an age when most people still suck their mothers breasts if you give me some yam seeds I shall not fail you.” shows indirectly how cowardly Okwonkos father is also reveals Okwonko enters the door of Adulthood at a young age because he started to farm before many other Ibo people. During this time a disaster came upon the Ibo village and destroyed all of Okwonkos crops this reveals Okwonkos perseverance both externally and internally for instance, “Since I survived that year, he always said “I shall survive anything.” He put it down in his inflexible will.” this quote

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