Character Sketch of Okonkwo in "Things Fall Apart"

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"Things Fall Apart" is a tragic novel, which is set in the Igbo community of Africa. Chinua Achebe, who is the author of this novel, portrays how an ambitious, well known, and respected African, Okonkwo, life falls apart. He was a man with great intensity and personality. He had accomplished his goal to become rich and famous and committed suicide after things in his life wasn't going all right.

Okonkwo was a farmer and he was well know throughout the nine villages and even beyond. He was tall and huge, and his bushy eyebrows and wide nose gave him a very severe look. His father was Unoka and he lived in his fatherland. In his youth days he was known as the greatest wrestlers among the clans. Due to his popularity he married his second wife Ekwefi because she admired that he was a good wrestlers. Okonkwo had three wifes called Ekwefi, Ojiugo and Nwoje's mother.

His favorite son was Nwoje and his favorite daughter was Ezinma. He wanted Nwoje to turn out just like him and he thought his son how to work the land and how to grow yams. His favorite daughter Enzima was the only surviving child of Ekwefi. Enzima is the only child of him that understands him and she reminds him of his beautiful wife Ekwefi. He has dreams that one day a nice young man will marry his beautiful daughter Enzima

Later on in the story we hear about a boy called Ikemefuna. Ikemefuna was a boy given to Okonkwo and the boy grew close to Okonkwo. In three years the boy called Okonkwo father and Okonkwo grew closed to the boy and he told him stories. Okonkwo became had broken after the oracle ordered the killing of Ikemefuna and because...