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Describe Okonkwo. What type of person is he?

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Posted October 1, 2008 at 1:55 PM via web

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Describe Okonkwo. What type of person is he?

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ms-mcgregor | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 1, 2008 at 4:08 PM (Answer #1)

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Okonkwo is a man who looks ferocious on the outside but on the inside he is full of fear. His main fear is being thought of like his father, a man who was seen as weak and lazy by his tribe. Many of Okonkwo's actions can be traced back to this fear. Okonkwo hates gentleness, laziness, inaction and overt actions of sentimentality. He doesn't allow himself to enjoy life, his wives, his material success or his children. He rules his family harshly and even beats one wife. He acts like a very proud man and pushes himself to be the best warrior in his tribe. But underneath all of his accomplishments and pride, there is always a fear that he might turn out like his weak father. Thus,many of his actions in the novel belie the idea that Okonkwo is truly brave when in fact his bravery is a cover-up for the shame of his heredity.

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