Ikemefuna came to the household only a few days before the Week of Peace, during which no work is done and no violence is tolerated in anticipation of the planting season. When Okonkwo learns of Nwoye's conversion, he beats the boy. Driving himself toward tribal success and recognition, he is trying to bury the unending shame that he feels regarding the faults and failures of his late father, Unoka. Okonkwo bears the exile bitterly. For example, Okoye marks his toe to indicate his first title. Some of the villagers convert, often at the risk of causing a rift between themselves and their family members who do not convert. Characterization: Asthenophobia Fear of being weak This chapter reveals even more about Okonkwo's character; specifically, his rashness and extreme anger.
Soon afterward, the District Commissioner asks the leaders of the clan, Okonkwo among them, to come see him for a peaceful meeting. Nwoye and Ikemefuna help by counting, and occasionally Okonkwo allows them to prepare a few yams each. He is the most respected man in Iguedo: when he was a young man, he beat Amalinze the Cat, the undefeated warrior, in a wrestling match. The District Commissioner finds the ironic scenario interesting, barely enough to include it in his book about Africa: The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger. When the District Commissioner comes to fetch Okonkwo the next day, the clansmen lead him to his hanging body instead, saying that they cannot touch it, since it's an abomination for a man to take his own life.
Okonkwo advises the elders of Mbanta to destroy the church and its members and considers them weak for not doing so. He visits his friend Obierika and begins to feel revived a bit. Okonkwo must atone for this act, so he and his family are exiled from the village for seven years. The trial ends with the egwugwus stating that if the husband gave the brothers the necessary wine, they would have to give back his wife. The two become friends, despite their differences. They help him build a new compound of huts and lend him yam seeds to start a farm. Nwoye, however, is captivated by the hymn he hears on the first day, and soon joins the Christians to get away from his father, who is outraged.
In the end, they decide to follow the typical custom for an incident of this kind. The missionaries arrive first, preaching a religion that seems mad to the Igbo people. Okonkwo does not let them down, he beats his youngest wife severely until he is satisfied. Familiar with Western literature and its traditional forms, Achebe structures Things Fall Apart in the tradition of a Greek tragedy, with the story centered around Okonkwo, the tragic hero. The commissioner sends some men to stop the proceedings, and Okonkwo, in a fit of fury, beheads one of them.
Still, because yams are a measure of manliness and ability, Okonkwo wants his son to start early. Brown and establishes an era of intolerance. While Okonkwo is so driven in his work ethic that he acts cruelly to his family and hurts his relationship with his son Nwoye, he is also so successful and respected as a result of his work ethic that Ikemefuna is sent to live with Okonkwo. Other villagers, who have converted, end up disturbing some of the traditional religious rituals when the others try to carry on with life as normal. And indeed, he is one of the elders of the clan.
Essentially, Okonkwo exhibits qualities of manhood in Igbo society. His importance is proved when he is sent as an emissary to Mbaino in order to negotiate for hostages, and he returns successfully with a boy, Ikemefuna and a virgin. Okonkwo tells his senior wife that Ikemefuna belongs to the tribe and that she is expected to look after him. Most Westerners have enough trouble remembering one. Okonkwo does not let anyone know that he was extremely worried about his daughter, and had made several trips to the cave before Ekwefi, who was following Chielo, had even reached the cave.
The act of removing these sacred masks is akin to killing that spirit. White men are being able to control them and bring them to believe their ideas and form of government. As the rain increases even more and the village rainmaker no longer claims to be able to intervene without danger to his health, children sit inside and listen to stories. For instance, he did like to listen to the stories and tales whom the women told as opposed to the violent battles that Okonkwo took an opportunity to tell him. In keeping with the Igbo view of female nature, the tribe allows wife beating.
One day, a native convert killed one of the egwugwu of Umuofia. These comprise of becoming productive, thrifty, brave, wealthy, violent and he was strongly opposed to music and other soft items such as emotions and conversations. In the book, Nwoye is portrayed as a boy who lacks confidence, and it is the sole reason why he was receiving a harsh treatment from his father, Okonkwo. This causes great anger, and the villagers make a decision to destroy the church, which they eventually do. Of course, Okonkwo is very disappointed — he wanted to be the greatest leader of his clan, and now he is an exile - but seeing that his family is trying to work hard for their new life, he resigns himself to his destiny. He wanted to go back to his clan where he was respected and revered.
The clan got angry and destroyed the building of the church. Chapter Three Okonkwo was respected by all for his industry and success. During the meeting, court messengers come to order the men to break up their gathering. Chielo appears and says that the god Agbala would like to see her. His father was a failure, so he would do his utmost to prove that he is not a failure. Ikemefuna is frightened, as he does not understand why he has been separated from his family.
While living with Okonkwo's family, Ikemefuna becomes very close to Nwoye, sharing folktales and encouraging him to enjoy masculine tasks. The offense is grave, and in response the clan decides that the church will no longer be allowed in Umuofia. The comissioner comes to the leaders of the clan and says that they should solve and discuss what happened in the church in a friendly way. Okonkwo returned his village after seven years. Masculinity Masculinity is a huge theme in Things Fall Apart. During seven year stay of Okonkwo, a lot changed in Umuofia and about it.