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We learn that Okonkwo rules his family with an iron fist and his wives live in fear of him. He’s got a pretty bad temper. Achebe does a bit of psychoanalysis on Okonkwo and essentially his aggression stems from a deep-seeded, subconscious fear of being a failure like his father.
Okonkwo recalls how a childhood friend called Okonkwo’s father agbala – meaning woman or a man without a title.
Okonkwo’s M.O. is hating everything he thinks his dad stood for: gentleness and idleness