Okonkwo though he did have a son he

Okonkwo commits himself to be a masculine role in
his tribe, and later fall both within the tribe and in the eyes of his son
Nwoye. The book is filled with the rise of Okonkwo in his life and ultimately
the fall of Okonkwo mainly due to the essential need of Okonkwo to be this
masculine figure that his father had never showed to him.

        This
book delves into the personal life of Okonkwo and both shows the strengths and
the weaknesses for example, Masculinity is a large part in this, “Even as a little boy he had resented his father’s
failure and weakness, and even now he still remembered how he had suffered when
a playmate had told him that his father was agbala. That was how Okonkwo
first came to know that agbala was not only another name for a woman, it
could also mean a man who had taken no title. And so Okonkwo was ruled by one
passion to hate everything that his father Unoka had loved. One of those things
was gentleness and another was idleness.” 
After analyzing this quote I began to see that not only describes the
moment that Okonkwo decides to be nothing like his father Unoka, but it is the
moment that changes Okonkwo’s whole life. Had it not been for that boy, Okonkwo
maybe would have eventually decided that his dad wasn’t a terrible person but
just someone different.

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        After
this changing moment in Okonkwo’s life. Masculinity basically runs his life, he
grows to become a solid, resilient, and “manly” figure. Okonkwo believes in
traditional gender roles, and it pains him that his son Nowye is not more
aggressive like himself.  This created
great disappointment in his son, though he did have a son he also had a
daughter Ezinma. “Ezinma took the dish in
one hand and the empty water bowl in the other and went back to her mother’s
hut. “She should have been a boy,” Okonkwo said to himself again. His mind went
back to Ikemefuna and he shivered”. Ezinma, because of the way that Nowye had
turned out, Okonkwo had brought her up to be in more resemblance of a male
figure. But the tribe still followed the gender rules as always and Okonkwo is
shortly shown that even with a daughter whom characteristics were of a male,
she still would be treated as a female and placed as a female would be placed
in the community.

        “It was a crime against
the earth goddess to kill a clansman, and a man who committed it must flee from
the land. The crime was of two kinds, male and female. Okonkwo had committed
the female, because it had been inadvertent. He could return to the clan after
seven years….” Okonkwo commits this act of severe consequence after killing a
messenger out of the blue, but some may say this is an act of masculinity and
the thought of keeping the Whiteman in check and show who is in charge. Keeping
with this principle of masculinity, Okonkwo forces himself to kill his own “son”,
murder the white man against his better judgment, and hang himself before a
punishment can be pressed by others. Okonkwo’s aggression makes him weak in the
end.  

        Masculinity
may be the rise of Okonkwo but although this may have made Okonkwo what he
wanted, the opposite of his father maybe, or to show that he is not going to
live under the reputation that his father had bestowed on Okonkwo, sure, but
what I believe is the real impact of masculinity is the fall of his life.
Okonkwo makes terrible decisions just to be thought more a man of, and the
repercussions of these choices throw him into a spiral of his own despise.