Discuss the nature of Okonkwo’s relationship with his father, son, and wives in Things Fall Apart.

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Okonkwo is depicted as a domineering, aggressive man, who refuses to appear weak or sentimental. Okonkwo is also a violent, masculine individual, who is not afraid of conflict and ruthlessly wields his authority. Okonkwo had a terrible relationship with his father, Unoka . Unoka was a lazy debtor and Okonkwo...

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Okonkwo is depicted as a domineering, aggressive man, who refuses to appear weak or sentimental. Okonkwo is also a violent, masculine individual, who is not afraid of conflict and ruthlessly wields his authority. Okonkwo had a terrible relationship with his father, Unoka. Unoka was a lazy debtor and Okonkwo desperately feared becoming like him. Okonkwo resented the fact that Unoka was a titleless man and worked extremely hard to shed his father's bad reputation. He also believed that Unoka was effeminate and purposely developed a tough, hostile attitude to overcompensate for his father's unmanly persona.

Okonkwo also experiences conflict with his three wives and son, Nwoye. During the Week of Peace, Okonkwo violently beats his youngest wife Ojiugo for neglecting to make him dinner and tries to shoot Ekwefi during the New Yam Festival. Despite Okonkwo's seemingly routine violent outbursts, he supports Ekwefi by refusing to leave her side when Chielo the priestess takes Ezinma to the shrine of Agbala. Okonkwo also has a conflicting relationship with Nwoye, who reminds him of his lazy father. Okonkwo does not believe Nwoye is masculine or hardworking and also murders Ikemefuna, which completely ruins his relationship with his son. Nwoye ends up converting to Christianity, and Okonkwo immediately disowns him. Overall, Okonkwo has conflict and strife in all of his relationships, which stem from his hatred of Unoka and his desire to maintain a callous, aggressive demeanor at all times.

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