- Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart.. First published by Heinemann in 1958. Reading, UK: Heinemann, 1986.
The Question and Answer section for Things Fall Apart is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
You have two questions here. Are you asking about Okonkwo or the land? Certainly having land brings power and influence in Igbo culture. Okonkwo had a lot of yam crops.
Okonkwo's biggest hear is that he will be like his father, who he despised for being a failure. Okonkwo saw failure as dishonorable.
“Okonkwo was popularly called the ‘Roaring Flame.’ As he looked into the log fire he recalled the name. He was a flaming fire” (Page 153)
“. . . Okonkwo's fame had grown like a bush-fire in the harmattan . . .” (Page 1)