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Okonkwo has spent his life trying to become everything his father was not: Strong, masculine, responsible, and brave to name a few characteristics. Okonkwo feels a strong need to prove himself to other clansmen in an effort to ensure that they do not associate him with his humiliating heritage. Okonkwo was extremely fond of Ikemefuna and viewed him as his own son; however, he never allowed himself to displayfeelings or emotions in order to refrain from appearing feminine. Okonkwo involved himself in Ikemefuna's death because he did not want to appear weak to the other men in the tribe. This constant need to prove himself often lead to impulsive behavior which ultimately brought upon his downfall.
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