Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart is the novel by Chinua Achebe. The novel, the protagonist Okonkwo, and the various plot lines are discussed in this category.

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How Okonkwo prove himself as a great warrior?

He kills 5 warriors during war times, and then drinks from the skull of his first kill.

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Why does Okonkwo regret that Ezinma is a girl?

She is the child that most understands him, and is faithful to him and his ideals.

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How is Mr Brown different from the white missionary in Okonkwo's motherland?

Mr. Brown attempted to understand the Umuofian culture so as to gain converts better. His method of converting people converted not only the outcasts such as the osu and the women with twins, but also men of titles.

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What is the story that Ekwefi tells Ezinma?

Ekwefi tells Ezinma the story of the Tortoise, the birds and the great feast of the sky.

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What is Ezeudu's son's name in Things Fall Apart?

The name of Ezeudu's son is not explicitly mentioned.

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What is supernatural in things fall apart?

The gods and spirits were said to be supernatural. So too were the gods of the white man.

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What is the crime that causes okonkwo to be reprimanded?

he beat his wife on peace week

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Why does Nwoye hate the Umuofian culture?

The Umuofian culture puts a pressure on Nwoye to act like a man in the culture. This depiction of the ideal man does not treasure the same things Nwoye treasures, such as the stories that his mother tells him, or the songs the Christians sing.

Further, the Umuofian culture has led to the killing of Ikemefuna, whom Nwoye saw as his elder brother. Nwoye considers such a death unfair and unjustified.

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What is an ogbanje?

Ogbanje: a changeling; a child who repeatedly dies and returns to its mother to be reborn. It is almost impossible to bring up an oganji child without it dying, unless its iyi-uwa (a speical kind of stone which forms the link between an ogbanje and the spirit of the world. Only if the iyi-uwa were discovered and destroyed would the child not die.) is first found and destroyed.

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Why was okonkwo unable to show his feelings to ikemefuna?

Because he feels that it is womanly to show feelings. Okonkwo is a manly person.

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What is the harmattan in Things fall apart?

The harmattan is a dry Saharan wind from the direction of the Sahara desert.

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Why was okonkwo in his mother's village?

Okonkwo had been exiled from his own village of Umuofia for 7 years.

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Who are the egwugwu and why are they important to the villages?

In the book Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe..... the egwugwu are said to be a spirital group of masked men... who the people believe are gods.

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What was Okonkwo's greatest desire in life?

Okonkwo's greatest desire was to become a well-respected leader in his tribe.

He would attempt to accomplish this in several ways:

  • He would be a successful farmer and warrior.
  • He would take several wives and have many children.
  • He would introduce his sons into ozo society.
  • He would have his daughters marry high-ranking men.
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Who unmasked an egwugwu?

Enoch, a Christian convert, unmasks an egwugwu, killing it.

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In Things Fall Apart what's the customary Ibo reply for when someone sneezes?

"Life to you" (Achebe 104)

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What city was Things Fall Apart published in?

The publisher of Things Fall Apart was originally located in London, although the book has since been bought by other publishers. It has been printed in many places since.

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Why must Okonkwo pay a fine?

Okonkwo is ordered to perform a sacrifice for beating his wife during the sacred week of peace.

Later, Okonkwo and other men are other to pay a fine for burning down the church.

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What is wrong with Ezinma from Things Fall Apart?

She has a weak constitution as a child. Further she has a bad temper, and often goes into sudden fits of depression and rage.

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What is a quote involving Nwoye from things fall apart?

"Okonkwo's first son, Nwoye, was then twelve years old but was already causing his father great anxiety for his incipient laziness."

Achebe, Things Fall Apart.

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Why did Okonkwo kill the missionary?

Okonkwo did not kill any missionary.

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Why does Okonkwo call Nwoye an abomination?

Nwoye had converted to Christianity, forsaking the gods of his father and his father before him.

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Where does the god Agbala want to see Okonkwo's daughter Ezinma?

This is not explicitly mentioned, but Chielo and Ezinma do go around all 9 villages of the Igbo and then back to Chielo's cave.

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How does Okonkwo treat women?

Okonkwo treats women as objects, much like the rest of his tribe. He fathers children with his 3 wives. He expects women to fulfill their duties of taking care of the children, making meals, housework and small farming chores, while he and his sons do the heavy work.

Okonkwo rampantly abused his wives in the book Things Fall Apart. He beats them without true provocation, but because he desires an outlet. He mostly maintains control over them.

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What was Okonkwo's personality in Things Fall Apart?

He was a stern, abrasive man, who tried to embody the concept of manliness. He was outwardly unrepentant, and looked at himself as the dominant man who would lead by himself even if no one would follow.

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