Things Fall Apart

What are the main features of Okonkwo’s view of masculinity, and how does his view relate to that of other important characters in the novel?

Okonkwo’s self-understanding is deeply bound up with his need to affirm and protect what he thinks of as his “manliness.” What are the main features of Okonkwo’s view of masculinity, and how does his view relate to that of other important characters in the novel?

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Okonkwo's view of masculinity really affects his son Nwoye. Nwoye is sensitive and thoughtful. Okonkwo sees this as feminine. Okonkwo humiliates his son which eventually drives Nwoye to the Christian Church. Okonkwo strived to overcompensate for his father who he felt was weak and pathetic. Masculinty hence became measured in Yam crops, wife numbers and of course battle.