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Chinua Achebes Things Fall Apart presents its readers with an African tribe and its culture Okonkwo a well-respected member of the tribe has some very interesting attributes Specifically he has an undying desire to be manly at all times complimented by a deeply rooted fear of being thought of as weak Okonkwo has a very short violent temper that is immediately triggered in response to actions that he deems to be weak Okonkwo basically lived by the phrase act first and think it through later Unfortunately almost every time that Okonkwo lets loose his violent temper in his manly way he brings trouble upon himself as well as those around him One way to explain his actions and the misfortunes that usually follow is to conclude that Okonkwo has bad luck Another way of looking at this fact is to say that the events are a result of coincidence However I disagree with these views and instead assert that Achebe deliberately made sure that after each of Okonkwos outbursts a tragedy befell him and those around him I think that Achebe could have been trying to hint to the reader that placing too much emphasis on acting manly is bad One example of Okonkwos quick reflexes is seen when he kills Ikemefuna because he did not want his fellow clansmen to think that he was weak After the Ikemefunas slaying Okonkwo is unable to eat or drink for two days due to the fact that he is upset over the death of Ikemefuna However he must fight against his manly pride which reminds him that killing someone should not bother him However he has trouble accepting this but must for fear of being considered weak like a shivering old woman Achebe 45 Another instance of Okonkwos hot temper arises while he and some other men are locked up in a cell and Okonkwo reaffirms how he believes they should have killed
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