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Living fire begets cold impotent ash P153 In Chinua Achebes Things Fall Apart Okonkwo kills himself because of Nwoyes failure to follow in his footsteps Throughout Things Fall Apart Nwoye has been proving himself time after time a failure to his father Nwoye was the opposite of his father he was more like his grandfather Unoka His laziness degenerate and effeminate behavior and finally his succumb to the white man drove Okonkwo to commit suicide One of Nwoyes characteristics that Okonkwo very much disliked was his laziness It was one of the things that Okonkwo stood against because laziness was also one of his fathers traits An example of this is on p13 Okonkwos first son Nwoye was then twelve years old but was already causing his father great anxiety for his incipient laziness At any rate that was how it looked to his father and he sought to correct him by constant nagging and beating And so Nwoye was developing into a sad-faced youth This example indicates how Okonkwo feels about laziness He tries to move Nwoye away from laziness by punishing him severly but is unable to do anything else Okonkwos determination to stay away from anything that his father loves prevents him from talking to Nwoye in a gentler way Okonkwos inability to communicate with Nwoye in a calmer more gentler way affects their father-son relationship in a bad way It is the element that drove Nwoye to be the way he is and so then comes the reason why Okonkwo kills himself Furthermore another of Nwoyes characteristics that Okonkwo hates is Nwoyes degenerate and effeminate behavior Being degenerate and effeminate was also one of Okonkwos father Unokas traits An example of this is on p 57 Later in the day he called Ikemefuna and told him that he was to be taken home the next day Nwoye overheard it and burst into tears whereupon his father beat him very heavily Another
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