The Question and Answer section for Things Fall Apart is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Okonkwo's father was lazy and deeply in debt. His son was determined not to be like his father, who he did not respect. Okonkwo began his rise in the tribe by becoming a great wrestler, achieving status in his tribe and reknown far beyond the...
I think anything that defiles or offends the Gods is unacceptable. Okonkwo manages to test Igbo society in other ways, like how he treats is son and adopted son, but suffers repercussions when he insults the Gods like the Earth Goddess.
Punishment comes when someone disregards the Gods and rituals of the Igbo people. Okonkwo, for example, is punished when he kills a clansman and offends the earth goddess.