Okonkwo’s first prominent flaw is his fear of failure, which is greatly influenced by his father, Unoka, a very lazy and carefree man.
He had a reputation of being “poor and his wife and children had barely enough to eat…he was a loafer” (4).
Okonkwo is one of the most powerful men in the Igbo tribe: “Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond…he had brought honour to his village by throwing the Cat” (3).
This suggests that in his society, power is attained by achieving greatness and fame, either through fighting or wrestling.
Okonkwo also works and tends to his crops in a zealous fashion, which drives everyone around him to be as diligent as him.
Because of this, he earns his place as one of Umuofia’s most respectable leaders.
Despite his several honourable characteristics and his high status in the Igbo society, he fails to correct his tragic flaws and eventually suffers a terrible downfall.
Things Fall Apart is a story about personal beliefs and customs and also a story about conflict.
There is struggle between family, culture, and religion of the Ibo people which is all brought on by a difference in personal beliefs and customs.
There are the strong opinions of the main character, Okonkwo.