Things Fall Apart: Cost of Success

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The cost of power and success had taken Okonkwo’s triumph and all he had worked so hard for with his own bare hands to with what he first had started with, which was nothing. Okonkwo, the main character of the story, a man who all he wished for was to make a name for himself. His father Unoka had disgraced Okonkwo by not being able to already given him a respectable reputation. Throughout Things Fall Apart the character of Okonkwo is based on him only wanting to obtain power and success. This meant that he had to be the opposite of what his father was; he couldn’t bare even being a hair alike. By this becoming his purpose Okonkwo lost many qualities, and moments of his life that made him become instead of respected; feared. Okonkwo had the inability to form any sort of relationship with his family, friends, and even including himself. “Okonkwo never showed any emotion openly, unless it is the emotion of anger. To show affection was a sign of weakness; the only thing worth demonstrating was strength” (pg 28). Since s real man shows no affection Okonkwo can’t seem to show his love to others. He knows nothing else but to beat, yell, and insult others he uses these actions to show his love towards others. Which makes it difficult for others and him to have any sort of relationship with him, because you live in only fear; if he’s mad he beats you and if he’s happy he still beats you. It’s difficult to build any feeling to even form a relationship with a person who is impossible to ever feel and express positive emotion. Apart from every other person there was one certain one who could slightly change Okonkwo’s feelings to actually obtain healthy relationships. This person was Ezinma; she was Okonkwo’s daughter and his biggest treasure. He was very fond of her, and even though he never showed it he felt something very special for her, “Okonkwo was especially fond of

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