- – Okonkwo is a warrior of the Umuofia clan and is very rich. Okonkwo's father who died in disrepute left Okonkwo haunted by his own fathers actions that left village debts unsettled. After that Okonkwo became a warrior, farmer, clansman and a family provider extraordinaire. Okonkwo also has a son that he fears is just like his father and would become a failure too. Umuofia wins a fifteen-year-old boy and a virgin. Okonkwo then treats the boy like his own son and Okonkwo's son, Nwoye, gets attached to the newcomer. Even though the fifteen-year-old boy ends up calling Okonkwo his father but Okonkwo never showed the boy any affection. Okonkwo accuses his wife of negligence during the Week of Peace. He then beats her and shocks his community by his actions. Ikemefuna, the young boy stays with Okonkwo's family for three years. From Ikemefuna's stay, Okonkwo's son develops a more masculine attitude and also looks up to Ikemefuna as an older brother. A respected village elder tells Okonkwo that the Oracle has ordered that Ikemefuna must be killed. Since Ikemefuna calls Okonkwo “father” that Okonkwo should not be there for Ikemefuna's death. Okonkwo lies to Ikemefuna saying that he needs to return to his home village and it leaves Nwoye, Okonkwo's son, in tears. After walking several hours with the men of Umuofia while thinking of his mother, Okonkwo's clansmen attack Ikemefuna with machetes. The young boy runs to Okonkwo for help, but trying not to look like he cares, he cuts the boy down. After that day, Okonkwo gets depressed and is not able to sleep or eat. The guy who warned Okonkwo to not take part in Ikemefuna's death dies and while at the funeral, Okonkwo's gun explodes killing the guys son. Since killing a clansmen is a crime, Okonkwo has to take his family into exile for seven years. Okonkwo ends up committing suicide within the first couple years of his exile.
– Achebe, Chinua. "Sparknotes Things Fall Apart."http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/things/themes.html. N.p.. Web. 2 Apr 2013.
– Okonkwo was the son of Unoka, his father who he finds to be a coward and also had left many villages in debt. He is a respected rich warrior of the Umuofia clan. Okonkwo was also a father of a twelve year old boy, a farmer, a clansman, and warrior. He has also worried that his son was going to be like his father Unoka, who was a failure. Being the leader of the clan, Okonkwo does not want to be embarrassed by his sons laziness just like he was of his father. His hard work in war had earned him a high position in his clan and supports his three wives and their children. After the young boy growing attached to him, he then finds out the young boy has to die. After the young boys death he becomes depressed.
– Nwoye is the oldest son of Okonkwo who he believes is lazy and weak. Okonkwo's embarrassment of his oldest son, Nwoye, causes him to beat him hoping to teach him better to not be lazy. After Ikemefuna comes into the family, Nwoye becomes more masculine and develops a masculine behavior which pleases his father. Even though Okonkwo thinks that he is starting to act more masculine and start to act like his son, Nwoye does not believe in some of the laws of the tribe and eventually converts to Christianity. After that Okonkwo believes his son is just like his father with the same weaknesses. After Ikemefuna gets killed, Nwoye cannot believe that he is dead. Nwoye would look up to Ikemefuna as an older brother and It caused the family to lose any happiness.
– The novel Things fall Apart, it takes place from Okonkwo being a leader and how he has a family. His oldest son he wants to follow in his footsteps but his son is starting to act more like his father than him, so he starts beating his son to hopefully change him and make him less lazy. Once Ikemefuna becomes a part of the family, Nwoye starts to act more masculine and starts to make his father proud. Nwoye looks up to Ikemefuna like an older brother but is devastated when Ikemefuna is killed. They are part of the Umuofia clan and it took Okonkwo a while to get to where he is so he refuses to show his feelings towards anyone so he does not seem weak. He does not stop or show any emotion to the people of his clan killing the boy who was like a son to him and even finishes it off himself when the young boy runs to him for help. He does regret it though, and is depressed for a long time after that to where he does not eat or drink.
– In the beginning, when Okonkwo was a young boy he had felt embarrassed by his lazy father, Unoka who caused a lot of problems with different villages causing them to be in debt leaving the result of his actions on his son to fix. After Okonkwo marries and had children, his favorite, his daughter, gets sick but recovers. Okonkwo thinks that If his daughter was a son that she would be the perfect son. But later he gets the gift of a fifteen-year-old boy who ends up living with them. Not only does Okonkwo's family get attached to Ikemefuna but so does Okonkwo. In three years Ikemefuna gets Nwoye to become more masculine and gets him to look up to him. Okonkwo becomes pleased with Nwoye's progress, but as everything seems to be getting better, Ikemefuna gets killed and leaves the family in depression and Okonkwo eventually commits suicide.
– Okonkwo was embarrassed of his oldest son because he thought he would end up like his sons grandfather. Okonkwo would beat his son because he thought he was lazy.
– Ikemefuna was a gift to Okonkwo and became a big part in his family. He ended up calling Okonkwo his father, but as much as Okonkwo cared for the young boy, he never showed weakness. Nwoye had looked up to Ikemefuna and thought of him as his older brother. Ikemefuna also helped Nwoye's attitude become more masculine.
– Ikemefuna was killed. Even though Okonkwo thought of him like a son, he could not show weakness. When Ikemefuna ran to Okonkwo for help, Okonkwo killed him himself so he didn't show weakness or that he cared.
– After Ikemefuna's death, the family was depressed especially Okonkwo. Okonkwo would not eat or sleep and Nwoye could not believe his best friend was dead.
– Leadership- Okonkwo believed leadership and to be the best warrior you could be. Being a strong warrior was hard for is son, which caused Okonkwo to beat him so he would not end up like his father was. Ikemefuna had helped Nwoye become more masculine and not so lazy, but then the older brother he had looked up to was killed.
– Weakness- Okonkwo was a great leader of his clan but to be a great leader he could not show weakness. To try and act like he didn't care about the young boy, when Ikemefuna ran to him for help Okonkwo killed him. After Okonkwo killed Ikemefuna, his family was never happy again.
– Family- Okonkwo had three wives and children. Okonkwo favored his daughter wishing she was his son. His oldest son he was embarrassed of thinking he was like his father and lazy. Because of that he would beat his son. Once Ikemefuna came to live with them, everything was getting better and Okonkwo's son was becoming more masculine which pleased his father. When Ikemefuna was killed, Okonkwo's family fell apart, especially Okonkwo himself.