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Okonkwo Okonkwo is a character in the novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. He is a clansmen in the Umofia clan, which is one of the nine clans in early Nigeria, Africa. This is a clan of the Ibo culture whom Okonkwo played a major part in. Okonkwo's father was not an ambitious man, and through the years he taught Okonkwo nothing about the skills needed to thrive. This made Okonkwo's life far from boring. Okonkwo was proud to be part of the Umofia clan. The Umofia clan was feared by others because of their intense knowledge in the art of war and magic. However living to see his clan fall apart was something Okonkwo could not bear.

Laziness is one trait in a man that Okonkwo hated to see. This is because Okonkwo's father was just that, lazy. His name was Unoka. Not Unoka the warrior, or Unoka the wrestler; just Unoka.

This was something Okonkwo despised. Okonkwo's relationship with his father was neither strong, nor good. His father was highly in debt with all of the other clansmen. He never once harvested a decent crop of yams like all of the other men in Umofia. This wasn't because of hardships engaged, but because he was not ambitious. His father did not pursue methods learned by the other clansmen to grow productive crops. Consequently Unoka died a man in debt to his fellow clansmen . He was not respected by the other clansmen. Eventually he developed a disease of the stomach and was sent to evil forest alone to die.

Okonkwo did not grieve from his fathers passing, but it had a major impact on how he lived his life later. Unlike many other sons who inherited barns and cowries Okonkwo inherited nothing. Okonkwo's main goal in...