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Things Fall Apart written by Chinua Achebe is a story of a man whose life is dominated by his fears There are many subtle themes throughout this book One theme that cries out over the rest is Okonkwos the main character fear of weakness as seen through his childhood his oldest son and eventually his death Since his childhood Okonkwo was ashamed of his father In his day he Unoka was lazy and improvident and was quite incapable of thinking about tomorrowp4 By the standard of his clan Unoka was a coward and squanderer When he was a child a boy called Okonkwos father an agbala This word means woman as well as a man who has no title His carelessness left numerous debts unpaid at his death Ashamed of his father Okonkwo worked hard and fought well to gain a reputation of high status and influence in his clan He acquired three wives one whom gave him his first sonOkonkwos first wife whose name is never mentioned gave birth to his first son Nwoye Okonkwo saw Nwoye weak and lazy from an early age For this Nwoye was beaten constantly Okonkwo was highly demanding of his family because of his obsession not to be like his father He mistook this behavior as masculinity He wished his son were a promising manly son like his friend Obierikas son Maduka who was also a great fighter One night the town of Umuofia was told that someone in Mbaino had killed one of their daughters The woman was Ugbeufi Udos wife The blood price for the murder was a virgin and young man to Umuofia The virgin was given to Ugbeufi Udo as his wife They did not know what to do with the young boy Ikemefuna Okonkwo was asked on behalf of the clan to take care of the boy Secretly Okonkwo grew fond of Ikemefuna Even Okonkwo himself became very fond of the boy-inwardly of
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