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Looking at the first two chapters of the novel Things Fall Apart explain how Achebe develops Unoka as a foil for Okonkwo A foil is literally a sheet of bright metal that is placed under a piece of jewellery to increase its brilliance In literature by extension the term is applied to any person or sometimes thing that through strong contrast underscores or enhances the distinctive characteristics of another The first 44 pages set up two character foils Unoka for Okonkwo and Ikemefuna for Nwoye Focusing on the former it can be said that Unoka acts as a foil for Okonkwo contrasts Okonkwos hardworking violent and fearful nature with Unokas laziness in order to bring out the strength of Okonkwo Okonkwos hardworking skills are highlighted by Unokas laziness Okonkwo had to work extra hard than the other villagers because unlike a lot of them his father left nothing for him on the farm so he had to start from the beginning In addition to having the third highest title in the village he was a wealthy farmer and had two barns full of yams and had just married his third wife Titles yams and the number of wives measured wealth in Okonkwos era and society Having what he had and having to start from scratch was impressive On the other hand Unoka did not even try to be one of the recognized men it seemed to be the least of his worries In his day he was lazy and improvident and was quite incapable of thinking about tomorrow Unlike his own son he did not worry about the weather for the condition of his yams as Okonkwo did His reputation did not seem to matter and if it did he would rather not try as it was perhaps too much work Therefore though Okonkwo shows determination it is not until we are introduced to Unoka in which the reader really sees his success
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