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He beats her during the Week of Peace because she neglected to cook dinner. He is supposed to observe the Week of Peace with no violent behavior. Okonkwo shamefully beats his youngest wife for her negligence in not preparing dinner.
In the fifth chapter of Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo once again shows how he is different from his father Unoka; he beats and then nearly shoots his wife because of his own insecurity and anxiousness about not working during the Feast of the New Yam.
In the novel, Okonkwo is always beating his wives and son, Nwoye. It is because he fears being thought of being as a weak person. He thinks that his son Nwoye looks like his father and he cannot bear this feeling. This is the main reason why Okonkwo never hesitates to punish or beat Nwoye every time.
How does Okonkwo break the peace during the Week of Peace? How does Okonkwo feel about his transgression? He feels sorry but pretends he doesn’t.
He beats her for her negligence, shamefully breaking the peace of the sacred week in a transgression known as nso-ani. The priest demands that Okonkwo sacrifice a nanny goat and a hen and pay a fine of one length of cloth and one hundred cowries (shells used as currency).
How does Okonkwo increase his shame after he breaks the peace? a. He beats his third wife and by doing so he breaks the law of the Peace Week. The priest bashes Okonkwo for violating the rules of the sacred week and possibly making the earth goddess angry.
Ezeudu says that at one time, the punishment for failing to keep the peace during the sacred week was death. ”My father told me that he had been told that in the past a man who broke the peace was dragged on the ground through the village until he died.
The Week of Peace in Things Fall Apart is a yearly religious observance where no one is harmed or uses harsh words with each other. The week honors the earth goddess and will hopefully bring good crops.
In Chinua Achebe’s novel, Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo plays the role of a tragic hero destined to fall from his lofty titles. So Okonkwo with his characteristics doomed for tragedy, led a seemingly successful life, though a tragic flaw of pride and wrong decisions robbed him of his self fantasized gilded life.
Repression. Throughout Things Fall Apart Okonkwo struggles with repressing his emotions. He represses his emotions because, more than anything else, he fears appearing weak and effeminate.