"And so at a very early age when he was striving desperately to build a barn through share-cropping Okonkwo was also fending for his father’s house. It was like pouring grains of corn into a bag full of holes."

This quote from chapter 3 provides an important contrast in Okonkwo’s life compared to his father's life. Now a wealthy and respected individual in the Igbo village, Okonkwo was once a boy struggling to keep his life together by sharecropping. The image of grains being poured through a bag full of holes is also a reflective idea of the book title, “Things Fall Apart.” No matter how many attempts he made he just couldn't do both things at once. This later contributes to his undying need to be nothing like his father; succesful, brave, strong, and respected.