What values does it reflect? Beginning with this chapter, trace how women are related to the religious beliefs of the people. Chukwu: The overlord of all men and gods. This happened in the rainy season. Okonkwo sinks into a depression, able neither to sleep nor eat. Her case is viewed favorably by the judge.
The fact that he has not been able gradually to accustom himself to the new ways helps to explain his extreme reaction. One has the sense of listening to another tongue, one with a rich and valuable tradition. Achebe is trying not only to inform the outside world about Ibo cultural traditions, but to remind his own people of their past and to assert that it had contained much of value. What kind of a woman is she? List as many as you can, being as specific as possible. The purpose was to determine if the wife had been unloyal to her husband while they were not together for that time.
The new year must begin with tasty, fresh yams and not the shriveled and fibrous crop of the previous year. In response, becomes a clansman, warrior, farmer, and family provider extraordinaire. Why does Ekwefi prize her daughter Ezinma so highly? There is an interest in justice and fairness. The next day, the egwugwu from all the villages gather in the marketplace. In contrast to other e. What makes this incident so serious, though it would be treated as a mere accident under our law? Osugo: Man whom Okonkwo calls a woman. Okonkwo kills himself at the end of the story.
Uzowulu's neighbors are called as witnesses, and they agree that he beat his wife. Odukwe, Mgbafo's brother, concedes that he took the wife and children away, but he explains that it is because Uzowulu brutally beat his wife every day, even causing a miscarriage and almost killing her once. The masked egwugwu assemble in the marketplace the next day before heading for Enoch's compound. Achebe focuses on the doctrine of the Trinity, the notoriously least logical and most paradoxical basic belief in Christianity. They do this by giving an amount of bundle sticks, which represent bags of cowries. As in most pre-modern cultures, the majority of children died in early childhood.
What is his attitude toward women? Achebe makes Western literary forms serve African values. It also causes him to beat his children excessively in a vain attempt to get them to work harder. What is the cause and nature of the conflict with Mbaino? Can you think of any similar folktales told in your culture? Kiaga: First priest of Mbanta. Children are even decorated, mostly with their hair shaved in patterned designs. Ikemefuna: adopted son, brought b … ack from Mbaino. Be sure to consult it whenever you encounter a new Ibo word or phrase. Why does Okonkwo act as he does, despite the advice of others not to participate in the killing of Ikemefuna Ch.
Furthermore, the locusts are so heavy they break the tree branches, which symbolizes the fracturing of Igbo traditions and culture under the onslaught of colonialism and white settlement. What do you think their attitude toward the egwugwu is? Yes the women where very afraid of the Egwugwu, but to an extent they also have respect for them. The one-handed egwgwu danced a few steps to the funeral drums, while holding his basket full of water in his hand. In this edition, a glossary of Ibo words and phrases is printed at the end of the book. The more zealous converts are relieved to be free of Mr.
Cowry shells threaded on strings were traditionally used as a means of exchange by many African cultures. Achebe went on to write two sequels to Things Fall Apart featuring descendants of Okonkwo. Maduka: Obierika's son who wins a wrestling competition. How is the importance of family emphasized in the uri ceremony? What values do these stories reflect? The choice of names, and lack thereof, is in itself a commentary by Achebe on the incoming faceless strangers. Like many Nigerian authors, he was an exile from his homeland where a military dictatorship was in power until he was able to return for a brief visit in 1998. What is done to break the cycle of birth and death Ch.
They are similar in temperament, and each man rebels against the practices and legacies of his father. They didn't trust him at first, but eventually they all gave him a feather to get up the … re. As the egwugwu begin to retire during the ceremony, Enoch boasts that they wouldn't dare touch a Christian. Whose reaction seems wiser in responding to new challenges to old ways of living? In a incident that involves his gun blowing up and fatally wounding another clansman, he is … banished to his motherland for 7 years. They told the people of the village that their religion was … false. How do they deal with their fear of snakes at night? There is nothing uniquely African about these attitudes.
What kind of a woman is she? The Egwugwu had a leader named Evil Forest. Palm oil is a rich yellow oil pressed from the fruit of certain palm trees and used both for fuel and cooking. This is not just any ritual though it is like a hearing where to party's can settle there disputes, so for me its exactly like a court. What were the characteristics of his father which affect him so powerfully? Achebe has said that it was his indignation at this latter novel that inspired the writing of Things Fall Apart. If a series of such deaths took place in a family it was believed that the same wicked spirit was being born and dying over and over again, spitefully grieving its parents. In many African cultures they are also the chief domestic architects, and the mud walls are shaped by them into pleasing patterns.