Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Like Father, Like Son
Today I realized one of the greatest ironies of Things Fall Apart. Both Okonkwo and Nwoye despised their respective fathers and strove to be the opposite. I think it is interesting that both Okonkwo and his father were such extremes that their sons choose to be different. The irony here is that Nwoye, in striving to be different from his father, is exactly like Okonkwo. However even though Okonkwo's father and Nwoye are opposites of Okonkwo they are nothing like each other. Okonkwo's father seemed to just be lazy while Nwoye was proactive on his beliefs.