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Strong dominant proud competitive successful well respected quick to pounce on anyone impatient with unsuccessful men afraid of being like his father these words describe Okonkwo Okonkwo is presented as straight forward as possible In Fact his name is the first word you see in the book It is quickly made very clear to the reader that he is the protagonist of the story and is introduced as a hero In the first paragraph the narrator says He is well known throughout the 9 villages and beyond Fame rested on his solid personal achievements He brought honor to his village at 18 by throwing Amalzine the Cat p 1 He is a man revered by his village for his achievements As a wealthy farmer with two barns full of yams and three wives Okonkwo already carries two titles On page 8 Achebe writes As the elders said if a child washed his hands he could eat with kings Okonkwo had clearly washed his hands and so he ate with kings and elders Physically Okonkwo is described as being very tall and huge with bushy eyebrows and a wide nose that gives him a very severe look So plainly one can see Achebe uses an enormous amount of description in the first chapter that basically plasters the reader with ways to see and understand Okonkwo Already he is the focus of the readers attention By doing this Achebe practically forces the reader to have a connection with Okonkwo Even if the reader has nothing in common with the character and can draw no parallels between oneself and Okonkwo the intimacy you share with him is unavoidable Of course it is up to the reader to try to relate as much as possible to the main character in order to understand the focus and the heart of the story We are all at the beginning stages of this I am asked how a reader might develop
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