Even though Okonkwo loves Ikemefuna and in some ways thinks more highly of him than of his own son, Okonkwo participates in the death of Ikemefuna because it has been decreed by the oracle, and he is also scared of being thought to be weak by the other men with him.
Okonkwo's father, Unoka, was left in the evil forest to die because of a disease which causes stomach to swell. This disease is considered an abomination to the earth. Unoka died without paying his debts.
Things Fall Apart is an English-language novel by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe published in 1958. It is the archetypal modern African novel in English, and one of the first African novels written in English to receive global critical acclaim. It is a staple book in schools throughout Africa and widely read and studied in English-speaking countries around the world. The title of the novel comes from William Butler Yeats' poem "The Second Coming."
Theme:Family and friends were trusting and caring towards one another. They were close and took care of one another in a time of need. "It wasn't until the second year of Okonkwo's exile that his friend Obierika, came to visit him. He brought with him two young men, each of them carrying a bag in his head. Okonkwo helped then put down their loads. It was clear that the bags were full of coweries.