Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Okonkwo's Approach to Community
Okonkwo is not really a fan of the community gatherings that his Igbo tribe has from time to time, unless they are to discuss war or something else that he feels is "manly". For example, during the Week of Peace, he did not want to go see the festivals and wrestling because it involved the tasks of to many women and it was something, at least in his opinion, that a woman would do. He doesn’t like festival gatherings because they themselves are to female. He’s more like an individual in this sense and really only likes the manly wrestling that occurs. In regard to community, he desires to be a community leader, but he’s not really a good candidate for a “community leader”. Psychologically he is much more self-motivated and self-interested and relies on the belief that he is sole reason for his success. He does not give any credit to the supportive atmosphere that his clansmen and family have provided as some of the keys to his prosperity.