The Real Okonkwo

This gallery consists of artwork presenting Okonkwo's internal feelings and qualities in the novel "Things Fall Apart".

This statue portrays Okonkwo's feelings of despair and unorthodoxy toward his own culture at the end of the book. His neighbors left and right seemed to be converting to Christianity, and it left Okonkwo feeling very small in the dark.
Masks cover up your face and your identity. That is what this piece of artwork is conveying in Okonkwo's life. No matter what emotion he was feeling internally, he would remain stern and grim.
This piece can show how Okonkwo takes his culture very seriously and couldn't see how anyone could live any other way. He had a feeling of responsibility to make up for all the of the work his father had left untouched.
This piece of artwork can be used to show how Okonkwo feels about and treats his family. It shows his sense of authority and masculine qualities he possessed in his home. He was in charge of all of his wives and children, and if they did not obey it was accepted in his culture and his mind to beat them. I related that specific idea to the females lying on the ground in this painting.
This painting can represent a feeling of value and pride in Okonkwo's life. Okonkwo lived in his own "Obi", and had three more houses on his compound for his three wives. The more wives and houses to a man's collection, the more respected he was.
When I saw this piece, I immediately thought "African culture". Okonkwo's sense of belonging and comprehension of his culture can be represented by this artwork.
I chose this picture because it can represent the internal admiration Okonkwo had for his daughter, Ezinma. He was very fond of her and felt she had all the qualities of the perfect son, qualities that Nwoye didn't obtain. The girl facing away symbolizes how even though Okonkwo had these feelings towards his daughter, he kept them hidden.
This picture illustrates Okonkwo's dedication and incentive to why he lived his life the way he did. His father, Ukioa, had absolutely no dedication or determination in his life, so Okonkwo made his to be the complete opposite.
This piece represents the relationship between Okonkwo and his son, Nwoye. Okonkwo always felt Nwoye wasn't the proper son, and Nwoye never felt wanted in his own home. They were two diverse to understand each other, just like the two different insects in this picture.
I selected this piece to recognize Okonkwo's feelings of guilt and depression after the killing of a boy he loved like a son, Ikemefuna. This picture is entitled "Fatalidad", meaning fatality in English. Fatality is defined as an occurrence of death by accident, or helplessness in the face of fate. That is why this artwork is perfect for this idea, because I think that was exactly Okonkwo's case.
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