Things Fall Apart

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Okonkwo, the son of the effeminate and lazy Unoka, strives to make his way in a world that seems to value manliness. In so doing, he rejects everything for which he believes his father stood. Unoka was idle, poor, profligate, cowardly, gentle, and interested in music and conversation. Okonkwo consciously adopts opposite ideals and becomes productive, wealthy, thrifty, brave, violent, and adamantly opposed to music and anything else that he perceives to be “soft,” such as conversation and emotion. He is stoic to a fault. Okonkwo would probably watch movies that are significant to his behavior. He behaves like a man without feelings who depends on no one but himself. He is a self made man. He would definitely watch the movie “Things Fall Apart” because it has him in it! Another movie that Okonkwo would see is “Cast Away” because it is about a man who is stranded on an island who depends only on himself to survive.

Okonkwo also has this “Independence”.

Another movie which Okonkwo would most likely see is “The Self Made Man”.

NwoyeNwoye, Okonkwo’s oldest son, struggles in the shadow of his powerful, successful, and demanding father. His interests are different from Okonkwo’s and resemble more closely those of Unoka, his grandfather. Though he makes a show of scorning feminine things in order to please his father, he misses his mother’s stories. His reluctance to accept Okonkwo’s masculine values turns into pure embitterment toward him and his ways. Although Okonkwo curses his lot for having borne so “effeminate” a son and disowns Nwoye. Nwoye would probably watch movies that are significant to his behavior. He would absolutely watch the movie “Things Fall Apart” for the reason that it has him in it. Other shows/movies that Nwoye would see are “The Simpsons” and “Brave heart”, because these shows/movies have effeminate characters in various forms.