From an early age, he builds his home and reputation as a precocious wrestler and hard-working farmer. Chapters 20-25 Chapter 20: Okonkwo returns and realizes much has changed. Ekwefi is far from timid: fresh from a beating, she makes fun of her husband. His work ethic and his ambition also give rise to his faults: he is a harsh man, quick to anger and without humility. However, the tragedy of Okonkwo's death is seen as part of a greater tragedy: the defeat and forced transformation of a great people.
The next morning, the ten thousand men of Umuofia gather in the marketplace. Chapter 6: The highlight of the festival is the wrestling match, pitting boys from each tribe against one another. And indeed, he is one of the elders of the clan. Achebe gives us detailed descriptions of Igbo traditions, customs, and beliefs. The body of the white man, I salute you. Okonkwo views women to be weak and foolish.
Okonkwo's life starts to go downhill around the time white men arrive. These women are courageous and obedient. Even in spite of pleas from his other wives reminding him that it is forbidden to beat your wife during the Week of Peace. Enoch's unmasking of an egwugwu is portrayed as a result of unbridled fanaticism. He wanted his clans to retaliate, some retaliated but they could not do what Okonkwo wanted because English had guns and ammunition; therefore, open war with the Europeans meant suicide.
Obierika explains the white men came peacefully and were welcomed before turning arrogant and oppressive. Okonkwo, like all rich men, always invites a huge number of guests for the feast. His life is sheer tragedy from beginning till the end. Central to his beliefs is faith that a man masters his own destiny. On the way, a man takes out his machete to kill him. Okonkwo is so bent out of shape that he disowns his son.
Okonkwo tries so hard to be different from his father, that he forgets about his own family. He has a hot temper. But the villagers do not understand how the Holy Trinity can be accepted as one God. The narrative tends to digress; to understand the gravity of Okonkwo's tragedy, the reader must see him within the context of his world. Despite these disturbances, the festival is celebrated happily. They are strong for their children. The death of Ogbuefi Ezeudu is announced to the surrounding villages by means of the ekwe, a musical instrument.
When the father wanted him to change, he received a lot of beatings before the actual arrival of Ikemefua who taught him a gentler form of masculinity. He flees with his family to Mbanto, his mother's homeland. Everything he has he has earned himself. He is a fire-and-brimstone type of preacher, who likens Igbo religion to the pagan prophets of Baal of the Old Testament and brands traditional Igbo beliefs as the work of the devil. Though Okonkwo is upset, he shows his fearlessness and impartiality by slaying the boy himself.
Such extreme accent on manliness, sex-role stereotyping, gender discriminations, and violence create an imbalance, resulting in denigration of the female principle. He did stick to their culture even after the introduction of the European cultures which were brought by the whites who lived in their midst. He does not like his flock to antagonize the clan. Okonkwo beats his youngest wife one-day because she was visiting with a friend and did not get home in time to prepare a meal for him. At that moment of life, the tribe demanded the boy back from Okonkwo for sacrificing according to the desire of the Oracle. The choice of names, and lack thereof, is in itself a commentary by Achebe on the incoming faceless strangers. Inside, though, Okonkwo feels painful guilt and regret.
He lives in Umuofia for three years, and during that time he lives under Okonkwo's roof. The doomed boy was named. They are expected to take care of their children with the best of their ability. Okonkwo basically lived by the phrase, act first and think it through later. He suspends a woman convert who allows an old Igbo belief about the ogbanje to contaminate her new Christian way of life. He severely beats her, breaking the peace of the sacred week.
The missionaries rejoice and build a church. The influence of Christianity does not just destroy beliefs, either. Nwakibie was generous, but the first year Okonkwo planted was the worst planting year in Umuofia's living memory. He even becomes friends with prominent clansmen. Brown is overzealous in his methods.
She loves the girl fiercely. Central to Okonkwo's beliefs is not only a work ethic but a faith in the ability of the will to overcome adversity. We see that the town is not ruled by a chief, but by a general assembly of all the men. Before the white missionaries bring Christianity to Okonkwo's village, the villagers' customs are based around traditional religious beliefs and cultural practices. The boy is homesick and does not understand why he has been taken from his family. Okonkwo will face consequences, not for beating another human being, but only because of his timing. Tradition dictates their role in life.