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What character in Things Fall Apart makes mistakes and what are the consequences?

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What character in Things Fall Apart makes mistakes and what are the consequences?

In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, the main character Okonkwo was a man who lived in the village of Umuofia and was an important part of the Ibo clan. In the novel he makes a mistake. He lived his whole life trying so hard not to be like his shameful father that he got bundled up in his thoughts and made careless mistakes. His father, Unoka, was unsuccessful with no titles and “was heavily in debt” (8). He was a beggar who asked people for money and then wouldn’t pay them back. He died a shameful death when he got sick and his body was thrown into the Evil Forrest.  
    Okonkwo is a strong successful man and farmer despite his father’s failure. He has his own house and three wives. He took the wrestling title at a young age and he is respected throughout his village, “as the elders said, if a child washes his hands he could eat with kings” (8). Throughout his life he had gained respect and titles and he is a great farmer who harvested yams. Okonkwo is the leader of the spirits of the village called egwugwu. He’s part of a society of successful men called the Ozo. He is determined that all of his children will be successful as him and sometimes he gets out of control. On the other hand, his father Unoka did none of those things and was a total failure that compelled Okonkwo to be so successful.
        Okonkwo let out his anger from his father’s failure on other people and his surroundings. When he gets angry he has a very hard time controlling himself, specifically his family and wives. During the Week of Peace he beat his wife Ekwefi, Okonkwo’s second wife. As punishment, he must bring “to the shrine of Ani...one she-goat, one hen, a length of cloth and a hundred cowries” (31). This shows that his uncontrolled anger can back fire on him. When the Christians came to the Ibo villages Nwoye became interested in their religion, and when Okonkwo beat him after coming home...


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