Fire represents rage and immense desire in this novel. It is in this respect that Okonkwo is nicknamed, ‘Roaring Fire’ as a description of his nature. An examination of Okonkwo reveals that he is a man of rage. Achebe says that "whenever he could not get his words out quickly enough, he would use his fists." In chapter 24, Okonkwo reflects on the loss of Nwoye. He laments that even the strongest flames usually produce cold and useless ashes. Clearly, Okonkwo sees himself as fire and Nwoye, who is lazy and unproductive, as ash. At the end, Okonkwo succumbs to his rage when he kills a messenger and that that pressed the buton that led to his collapse.