Okonkwo detested his father because his father was very lazy and very poor.
Chinua Achebe's book Things Fall Apart is a very tragic novel.
There was an unhappy ending because Okonkwo died and the Umofian culture broke down and Okonkwo couldn't do anything about it.
His father’s weakness fuels Okonkwo’s desire for success, that is, he becomes a very brave, wealthy and productive.
However, his violent nature contradicts these qualities.
This is a position that has been strongly by other readers of the book too. He demonstrates this through his flaws as well as his strengths as portrayed in the book, however, the arrival of colonialist interrupted his growth as a village hero.
Understanding Okonkwo the Hero The main character Okonkwo has been used to portray hard-work, strength and demonstrate the disadvantages of weakness.
Okonkwo worked very hard for good yams and eventually paid back the yam seeds.
He was also a very good and well-respected wrestler. As a young man of eighteen he had brought honor to his village by throwing Amalinze the Cat... 1) Okonkwo's first tragedy was when he killed Ikemefuna.
Okonkwo's father was a very unsuccessful man and he died heavily in debt.
Okonkwo didn't want to be like his father, that's what drove him for success.