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Chapters 4-6

posted Oct 26, 2011 18:53:26 by
Okonkwo is respected for both his “industry and success,” yet he commits many indiscretions, which reflect poorly on his community. In Chapter 4, how does Okonkwo break with the societal expectations of his community? What does Okonkwo’s indiscretions reveal about Okonkwo’s character? Motivation?
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JAMESF01 said Oct 26, 2011 21:28:04
Okonkwo was brought to justifiable anger when his wife didn't make his dinner so, "When she returned he beat her very heavily... he had forgotten it was the Week of Peace" (29). This illustrates how even though Okonkwo is concerned with morals and society, his anger is uncontrollable and Achebe exemplifies this when he writes, "Okonkwo was not the man to stop beating somebody half-way through not even for fear of a goddess"(30). His actions destroy the very morals that he is trying to follow, because he always goes too far.
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