Throughout the semester two readings “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe and “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka both share valuable similarities. As each story has different main characters, each character goes through the same development of themselves, which they transform into something they cannot control or take grasps at it. These two stories have different pathways for their main characters but the theme of each character have various similarities as they somewhat connect and interchange within each other that gives them true identity of manhood. As this paper will explain the interpretation of masculinity and how it intertwines with the disconnection between mind and body.
In the story of “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe, it starts off with a warrior named Okonkwo, who is wealthy and well respected in the Umuofia Clan[endnoteRef:1]. The Umuofia Clan is a lower Nigerian tribe which is combined with nine other villages. Okonkwo is haunted by the actions of Unoka, his cowardly and spendthrift father, who died in disrepute, leaving many village debts unsettled. Therefore, Okonkwo becomes a clansman, warrior, farmer, and family provider extraordinaire. Okonkwo also has a twelve year old son named Nwoye whom he finds lazy; Okonkwo worries that his son Nwoye will end up a failure like his grandfather Unoka. In Okonkwo’s youth, be brought honor to his village by beating Amalinze the Cat in a wrestling match. Until Okonkwo’s match with the Cat, Cat had been unbeatable for seven consecutive years and with Okonkwo completely not being like his father who was a hemophobia[endnoteRef:2], was ready to meet his match. [1: ] [2: ]
Now, as Okonkwo fights Amalinze the Cat at a young age, it begins to demonstrate how Okonkwo’s manhood and masculinity starts to develop. Okonkwo is already not afraid of blood like his father so that gives him an advantage in his wrestling match against the Cat. At Okonkwo’s age of eighteen and defeating a seven streak wrestling champ, that defeat brings him a lot of fame and leads a way to shake off his fathers’ shameful association, as well as the time to prove his-self to the village. This Fight concentrates on the thoughts of Okonkwo’s masculinity and how Okonkwo feels that this fight will determine his manhood. Just by Okonkwo’s age in defeating the Cat itself, makes his masculinity because he was the youngest to ever beat a champ. Therefore, winning his “first fight” was like his “gateway” into masculinity of his manhood.
In the story of “The Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka, it begins with a salesman named Gregor Samsa who wakes up in his bed to find himself transformed into a large insect. AS Gregor looks around his room; that appears to be normal, he decides to go back to sleep to forget about what has happened. He attempts to roll over, only to find out that he cannot because of his new body (large insect). As he lays on his back, he tries to scratch an itch on his...