Digression is one of Achebe's most important tools. As often happens with tragedy, the catastrophe comes through a complex mix of external forces and the character's choices. In fear of ending up like his father, Okonkwo makes a concerted effort to work hard and earn respect among his peers. Throughout the novel, Achebe shows how dependent such traditions are upon storytelling and language and thus how quickly the abandonment of the Igbo language for English could lead to the eradication of these traditions. Justice Justice is another powerful preoccupation of the novel. In their new community, these converts enjoy a more elevated status. The experience has been essential to the formation of his character.
So when Christian missionaries come, it makes sense that the Clan doesn't want anything to do with them. Usually a theme is a concept, principle or belief that is significant to an author. Analysis: Achebe gives us a concise portrait of the social organization of the Igbo, on several levels. The theme of ambition has its converse, and it is Okonkwo's fear of failure that makes him a harsh man. The body itself is a part of the living world but initially belongs to the spiritual realm. A single god doesn't seem very applicable to them, especially when this god doesn't seem to be as concerned about agriculture and their way of life.
Tribal belief Particularly since one of the threats to Igbo life is the coming of the new religion, tribal belief is a theme of some importance. In keeping with this principle of masculinity, Okonkwo forces himself to kill his own surrogate son, murder the white man against his better judgment, and hang himself before a punishment can be imposed by others. While in exile, he lives among the kinsmen of his motherland and has an opportunity to get in touch with his feminine side and to acknowledge his maternal ancestors, but he keeps reminding himself that his maternal kinsmen are not as warlike and fierce as he remembers the villagers of Umuofia to be. Another important animal image is the figure of the sacred python. Not to say that Reverend James Smith was not, but his degree of kindness and respect were present in a whole different level. Okonkwo, like all rich men, always invites a huge number of guests for the feast. Igbo Beliefs Chi is the belief in fate and each person's 'personal god.
Okonkwo lives in fear of the kind of failure and sad end that met his father. Chukwu is the supreme god. They had their own currency, a structured government, and religion. The Igbo religion has a tendency to symbolize numerous amounts of divine gods. He is often too harsh with his family, and he is haunted by a fear of failure. We also see that Nwoye is a thoughtful boy: his responses to Ikemefuna's folktales are imaginative and beautiful.
The study therefore adopted an analytic approach in its examination of the poems. Okonkwo's harshness drives away from the family and into the arms of the new religion. Chi can be said to be a personal fragment of the Supreme Being unique for each individual. Unoka laughed him off, telling him that he had many other debts he needed to pay first. Because he does not have the same terrible expectations of a girl as he does of his son, he can treat her with at least a little gentleness. There is also a high level of social mobility.
However, some of the natives were not opposed to this new religion and found it rather intriguing. Achebe also shows that Igbo religious authorities, such as the Oracle, seem to possess uncanny insights. Achebe shows the reader what effects these had through the character, Okonkwo. Success and honor are very important to Okonkwo. Things that happened in their life were blamed on their chi.
One example has to do with the queen. Others were pressured into converting to Christianity. Fear Many of the characters suffer from fear of some sort. This nation has colonized in one way or another in many of the large continents, not omitting this nation, the United States. Obierika realizes resistance is futile. When a man wanted to marry a woman, he had to pay the bride price to her relatives only if they accepted him.
His culture is as patriarchal as any other, but in his need to be strong Okonkwo carries the preoccupation with manliness to an extreme. Rather, by peppering the novel with Igbo words, Achebe shows that the Igbo language is too complex for direct translation into English. Unoka died of swelling that the Igbo believe is an abomination to the earth goddess. Reputation Reputation is extremely important to the men in the novel. But throughout the novel, we are shown men with more sophisticated understanding of masculinity.