How is Okonkwo different from his father?

Okonkwo and Unoka are poles apart, as they are different from each other as day and night. They have opposite personalities that contrast greatly throughout the novel. Unoka is considered as Agbala due to his inaction. He is considered a weak, poor man who is unable to pay back people from whom he borrowed money. Unoka also has a terrible work ethic and possesses no titles. Unlike Okonkwo, Unoka hates violence and prefers playing his flute. Okonkwo resents his lazy father and is determined to become one of the greatest men in Umuofia.

Okonkwo is an athletic, violent and determined individual who earns two titles and marries multiple wives. Okonkwo even earns enough status to become an egwugwu and judges various cases throughout his tribe. He is also a successful, hard-working farmer and is considered one of Umuofias’ best warriors. However, Okonkwo’s fear of becoming weak and in debt like his father makes him a callous man. Okonkwo does not possess sympathy or the ability to effectively communicate with others. His cold heart, excessive masculinity and propensity for violence leads to his demise. Okonkwo, despite all his industry is a failed man and dies an ignominious death as his father.

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