What are three traits of Jonathan Iwegbu in "Civil Peace"?

Three traits of Jonathan Iwegbu in "Civil Peace" are optimism, proactivity, and pragmatism. He is optimistic about the future, proactive about building a positive future for his family, and pragmatic about the losses that he suffers.

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Jonathan Iwegbu is optimistic, proactive, and pragmatic.

We see his optimism in the fact that he still considers himself and his family to be lucky, even in the aftermath of a civil war and the loss of one of their children. Rather than accepting defeat or wallowing in their losses, Jonathan and his family members go straight to work and set about rebuilding their lives. He feels lucky to still be in possession of his old bicycle, which showcases his optimism about the future.

Jonathan’s proactivity is linked to his optimism. He doesn’t wait for things to fall into his family’s lap. He starts out by putting his bicycle to use as a taxi and quickly earns £150. Once back in his city of Enugu, Jonathan displays his productivity and entrepreneurial spirit by opening up a bar to be frequented by the soldiers.

His pragmatism becomes abundantly clear when thieves come knocking at his door, promising to hurt his family if he does not hand over money. While the thieves initially want £100, the pragmatic Jonathan informs them that he only has £20, which the thieves agree to take, leaving his family unharmed. His response to the loss of the money is very pragmatic: he explains that he didn’t have the money a week ago and did not really need it. He is therefore unperturbed by the reality of being robbed.

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