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Okonkwo as a Victim In Things Fall Apart Okonwo kills Ikemefuna Ikemefuna is Okonkwos adopted son When it is said this way it makes Okonkwo seem evil and heartless This is not completely true When you look at how Okonkwos life was with his fear of becoming his father and the reputation he had in his village it can be understood that the fact that Okonkwo is evil because of what he did is spurious Okonkwo is really the victim in the book Okonkwo grew up with hate and disrespect for his father Unoka because he was a failure Okonkwo feared becoming him so he tried to be the complete opposite of Unoka This fear was perennial and lasted to the rest of his life Unoka was weak so Okwonko had to be strong Unoka was a coward so Okwonko had to be fearless This is why he had to kill Ikemefuna Okonkwo thought if he did not he would seem weak Okonkwo was even told not to go because it will bad with the gods but he still went because he wanted to look strong He was in a dilemma If he killed Ikemefuna he would seem strong but have a guilty conscience If didnt kill Ikemefuna he would appear weak but have a clear conscience That is what he is afraid of since thats what his father was Although he did not want to kill him he had no other choice Okonkwo never quite relinquished his memories of Ikemefuna since he loved him like a son Okonkwo was the victim himself in the book Okonkwos own fear of becoming weak and like his father muddled his life ultimately Because of his fear Okwonko killed a person he loved like a son Okonkwos son Nwyoe also drifted away from him Ikemefuna was Nwoyes best friend so when he heard Okonkwo killed him Nwoye lost all his respect toward his father He even converted
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