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Chinua Achebes novel of life in colonial-era Nigeria Things Fall Apart contains the character Okonkwo as the protagonist Okonkwo represents the idea of a successful person an admired hero even Characteristics such as bravery strength and a desire to succeed are what everyone admires about Okonkwo His fear of becoming like his father gave him this desire to succeed and consistently motivated him to progress through life However Okonkwo personifies the idea of not just a hero but a tragic hero Fear is Okonkwos main motivation throughout the book Achebe says He was possessed by the fear of his fathers contemptible life and shameful death Things Fall Apart 18 He was motivated to work hard and succeed by this fear Even as a young boy Okonkwo began to work hard at farming as an attempt to become successful and earn respectability Okonkwo says I began to fend for myself at an age when most people still suck at their mothers breasts If you give me some yam seeds I shall not fail you Things Fall Apart 21 Okonkwos strong successful tone gives readers the idea that he began to work and persist at an early age His persistence is exemplified by the fact that the first year of cultivation was ruined by early coming of rains Okonkwo is one of the best men of his time and place he strives mightily and is destroyed by events beyond his control says Dr Diane Thompson Thompson 25 However Okonkwos will allows him to survive the rains in his first year of cultivation and continue and succeed Okonkwo is a man possessed with the endless will to succeed Achebe wrote Since I survived that year he always said I shall survive anything He put it down to his inflexible will Things Fall Apart 24 The determination persistence and labor paid off for Okonkwo in the end as his rewards became a barn full of yams three wives and
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