Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart (Bloom's Modern Critical by Harold Bloom

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He had no patience with unsuccessful men” (3). “His whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of weakness” (9). So Okonkwo hated what his father was and became the opposite. Not only is a hero expected to overcome the reputation of his father, he is also expected to surpass the reputations of his peers. In other words, he must outperform people in his age group or those he grew up with. Among the Igbos good effort is respected, “but achievement was revered” (1996, 6). Okonkwo must achieve concrete things to be a hero and he did.

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In fact, they believe that a person’s chi is responsible for his/her fortunes as well as misfortunes (Achebe, 1958:92). The following extracts show examples in which the word chi has been used in the ST: At an early age he (Okonkwo) had achieved fame as the greatest wrestler in all the land. That was not luck. At the most one could say that his chi or personal god was good. But the Ibo people have a proverb that when a man says yes very strongly; so his chi says yes also. Okonkwo said yes very strongly: so his chi agreed (Achebe, 1958:19).

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