This then incites pity and fear into the audience. The audience can feel the pain of Buck’s breakup and they could relate. Maizey and Miles are soon attached to Uncle Buck, but the eldest daughter Tia cannot stand to know she is even related to Uncle Buck in the beginning of the movie. Uncle Buck and Tia resemble the tragic heroes in the movie. A tragic hero is a “great man who is neither a paragon of virtue and justice nor undergoes the change to misfortune through any real badness or wickedness but because of some mistake.” Tia bullied her parents seeming superior to everyone getting her way with everything, but when Uncle
He feels like his obsession for Martha has led to his failure as a Lieutenant. The author states, “He felt shame. He hated himself. He had loved Martha more than his men, and as a consequence Lavender was now dead, and this was something he would have to carry… for the rest of the war” (719). When Lavender is killed Cross believes it is all his fault because he was too busy daydreaming about his love for Martha.
Okonkwo likes him, but he doesn’t want to show his feelings since he hates sentimentality, because he believes that sentimentality is weak • On the Week of Peace, Okonkwo breaks the "law" when he beats one of his wives, Ojiugo, because she was too negligent. He has to sacrifice two animals and pay fine (they use shells as currency) based on the
Okonkwo had a horrible temper and this caused him to be very violent. He depicted these actions by beating his family in effort to control them, he believed his first son Nwonye was like his father therefore, he beat him often in attempt to make him more manly. He also beat up his second wife because he came back from outside and his afternoon meal had not yet been prepared, disregarding the fact that it was a peace week and every family was supposed to be peaceful. He made poor decisions by participating in the killing of the boy Ikemefuna who lived with him and called him father, after he had been warned not to participate in his killing. 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.
Okonkwo plays a big role in the story because of how his character fits on Things Fall Apart. It is crazy how he treat people differently, he will beat up his wives and children yet he has a soft spot towards Ekwefi and Enzima. This makes me think that Okonkwo choose his moments to act manly or choose people to beat up, and he is always more aggressive to his family members than outside people. Okonkwo showed that he has no sympathy when he killed Ikemefuna, who helped Okonkwo a lot in his life, and yet he decided to kill him even though Ikemefuna was really close to him. Okonkwo does not care if you are part of his life or not, if you do not satisfy him he will do damage to you.
His father was very laid back and accomplished nothing in life and Okonkwo hated him for it. Okonkwo’s eldest son Nwoye is lazy and weak from an early age. Okonkwo’s fear of his father’s laziness rubbing off on his son Nwoye changes Okonkwo from hero to villain when he beats him to make himself more masculine. What he thinks is helping his family is actually causing pain. Okonkwo’s wives are often beaten for the simplest of things, sometimes even for not explaining to him where they have gone.
Okonkwo’s tragic flaw is his fear of weakness and failure. Okonkwo is impulsive; he acts before he thinks. Consequently, Okonkwo offends the Igbo people and their traditions as well as the gods of his clan. Okonkwo is advised not to participate in the murder of Ikefemuna, but he actually kills Ikefemuna because he is “afraid of being thought weak.” Tradition was very important to Okonkwo as it was with most of the clan. Order was maintained by tradition and Ibo tradition was steeped in superstition.
Okonkwo wants to be nothing like his father, so he becomes a warrior, a farmer, a family provider, and successful overall. Oknokwo also doesn’t like anything that reminds him of his father, which is why he is hard on his oldest son, Nwoye, because he doesn’t do work around the house. One day someone from the Mbaino village killed the wife of an Umuofia clansman. Okonkwo was upset about what happened but he said he would not attack the entire village under certain terms. The Mbaino people agreed with them and gave them a virgin and a fifteen-year-old boy as a slave.
For instance, during the “Week of Peace” Okonkwo came home to find that his second wife had not returned from her friend’s house in time to cook dinner. “When she returned he beat her very heavily. In his anger he had forgotten that it was the Week of Peace” (Achebe29). Beating your wife during the Week of Peace was a huge sin to the clan. Okonkwo let his anger get the best of him and violated the code of the Ibo people.
when Okonkwo father died he had been in a lot of debt, Okonkwo became obsessed with the idea of manliness in order to get over his father weakness. ”It was the fear himself, lest he should be found to resemble his father.”(13). Therefore, Okonkwo only showed the emotion of anger. He strongly believed that "To show affection was a sign of weakness the only thing worth demonstrating was strength.”(28). Okonkwo’s life first began to fall apart when Ikemefuna, his supposed to be son was killed.