Okonkwo is the one who gives the deathblow with his matches despite the fact that he had grown extremely fond of the boy.
He kills Ikemefuna not because he has to, but because of the fact that he does not want to be seen as weak by his peers. Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe in his Things Fall Apart focuses on the typical African notions of power and success in the line of which he characterises Okonkwo.
Okonkwo represents the African tribal spirit at the eve of the colonial control.
In an unbiased and non-judgemental narration Achebe has tried to explore and uphold the disappearing aboriginal culture of the Dark Continent.
Significance of Okonkwo’s Death in “Things Fall Apart” Introduction In Chinua Achebe’s novel “Things Falls Apart”, Okonkwo’s death renders a two-fold meaning.
On the individual level, his death signifies an African’s rigidity and conservatism that fail him to forsake the irrationalities and superstitious traits of his culture and society.Ikemefuna becomes a part of Okonkwo’s household and is in fact, treated, as an older brother by the latter’s children.However, there comes a time when the Oracle declares that Ikemefuna has to be put to death in revenge for the killing of an Umuofian years earlier.He is hardworking and ambitious, whose aim is to build his reputation to the highest level that can be attained in his society.While this is the case, he seems to have an extremely difficult relationship with his son, Nwoye, whom he believes not to be manly enough.Obviously defying the stereotypical views of the two civilizations he attempts to delve deep into the drives that opened the ways for the disintegration of the African indigenous societies and cultures.Though Achebe moans this disintegration, he has not glossed over the deficits, deficiencies and superstitions that the tribal culture holds at its heart.Okonkwo is, throughout the novel, seen to treat his son quite harshly, even in very trivial situations.This creates a situation where the relationship between these two is extremely strained and a rift between them cannot be filled.When Things Fall Apart for a Strong Man In 1958, Nigerian Chinua Achebe published the novel Things Fall Apart.Thenovel was about the life, struggles, and triumphs of Okonkwo.