Chinua Achebe's novel ''Things Fall Apart'' contains many nuanced characters Obiageli is often compared to another of Okonkwo's daughters, Ezinma, who is. Things Fall Apart is about the tragic fall of the protagonist, Okonkwo, and the Igbo culture Ikemefuna befriends Okonkwo's son, Nwoye, and Okonkwo becomes. Everything you ever wanted to know about Ikemefuna in Things Fall Apart, He lives with Okonkwo's family for three years before the elders order him to be.
Okonkwo teaches the boys that men must be. Nwoye prefers which story? What is that story? How does Nwoye act about this story in spite of his preferences? How often do the locusts come? Is this a good or a bad thing? What does Ogbuefi Ezeudu say to Okonkwo about Ikemefuna? Who has commanded this? How does Nwoye react to this news?
How does Nwoye express this news to his mother? What does Ikemefuna think about as he begins on the journey with Okonkwo and the other men? What horrible thing does Okonkwo do? What happens to Nwoye? How is this an epiphany? How does Okonkwo deal with his feelings after returning? How does Nwoye feel about his father? What does Ekwefi offer to do? What do we learn about the relationship between Ekwefi and Okonkwo? What is their history?
How does he feel about her? What is that news?
What does Okonkwo say about how Okonkwo feels about his son? How does Obierika respond to this? Obierka and Okonkwo get into an argument about the killing of Ikemefuna. Onkonkwo also suggests that Obierka was impious. How does Obierka respond to this? Ultimately, why did Okonkwo do what he did? Who is Ogbuefi Ndulue? What happens to her? How does Okonkwo rationalize what he did to Ikemefuna in relationship to the planting and harvesting cycle? Obierika has come concerns with the environment.
What is the deal with climbing the palm tree? What role do they play in the courting ceremony? What does Obierika say about marriage?
We learn of the white men here. How are they described? How do the villagers make fun of him? Okonkwo sleeps for the first time in how many nights? Ekwefi awakens Okonkwo to tell him what?
How many children has Ekwefi lost? What sensitive, caring measures does Okonkwo take for Ekwefi as a result of her suffering What are ogbanje? How has Ekwefi changed over the years? What is the iyi-uwa? What does the medicine man ask of Ekwefi? What is the story of the snake-lizard and his mother? What is Okagbue like—physically?
How does Okonkwo treat Ekwfi at the end of this chapter? What does Okonkwo do to help his daughter? Why is everyone whispering? What is the egwugwu and why does he appear? Which village is represented? The second egwugwu looks suspiciously like which character? How do the spirits address the humans? What is a bride-price? Who is Uzowulu and what does the tribe determine about his fate? Why does the crowd laugh at the judgment of Uzowulu? Who is Evil Forest?
What is his job? What begins as a result of this judgment? What story does Ekwefi tell? Know the story, if not now, later, when it will be told in full. What is she prophesying? What does Chielo demand? How does Ekwefi react to this demand? What does Agbala have to do with it? What does Chielo start to do? What does Ekwefi do in response to this action? Why does the priestess scream? How long does the journey seem to take?
How has Okonkwo coped with this situation? What do we learn of their early relationship? What is a uri?
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Who is celebrating this? What are the ununna? What amazing physical feat has the priestess just accomplished? How has Ezinma been transformed?
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What does Ojiugo offer to do? How does Okonkwo feel? Does he show it? What are the people of Umuike known for? Know the story of the goat-thief. What does Chielo command? How many women stay behind? They do so for what purpose? What animal gets loose? What is the significance of this? How do the married women dress? How do the girls dress? What toast does Obierika give? What prophesy is made at the end of this chapter?
Who is talking to the clan? What instruments are being played? Note the crowing of the cock and its significance. Note the sound of canons. What words come back to haunt Okonkwo? Why is he an important man in the tribe? What happens at his funeral? How many titles had Ezeudu taken?
What kinds of weapons are used as part of the rites? Ekwefi follows secretly, in spite of Chielo's admonitions, and waits at the entrance of the Oracle. Okonkwo surprises Ekwefi by arriving at the cave, and he also waits with her.
The next morning, Chielo takes Ezinma to Ekwefi's hut and puts her to bed. When Ogbuefi Ezeudu dies, Okonkwo worries because the last time that Ezeudu visited him was when he warned Okonkwo against participating in the killing of Ikemefuna.
Ezeudu was an important leader in the village and achieved three titles of the clan's four, a rare accomplishment. During the large funeral, Okonkwo's gun goes off, and Ezeudu's sixteen-year-old son is killed accidentally. Because the accidental killing of a clansman is a crime against the earth goddess, Okonkwo and his family must be exiled from Umuofia for seven years.
The family moves to Okonkwo's mother's native village, Mbanta. After they depart Umuofia, a group of village men destroy Okonkwo's compound and kill his animals to cleanse the village of Okonkwo's sin.
Obierika stores Okonkwo's yams in his barn and wonders about the old traditions of the Igbo culture. Okonkwo is welcomed to Mbanta by his maternal uncle, Uchendu, a village elder. He gives Okonkwo a plot of land on which to farm and build a compound for his family.
But Okonkwo is depressed, and he blames his chi or personal spirit for his failure to achieve lasting greatness. During Okonkwo's second year in exile, he receives a visit from his best friend, Obierika, who recounts sad news about the village of Abame: After a white man rode into the village on a bicycle, the elders of Abame consulted their Oracle, which told them that the white man would destroy their clan and other clans.
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Consequently, the villagers killed the white man. But weeks later, a large group of men slaughtered the villagers in retribution. The village of Abame is now deserted. Okonkwo and Uchendu agree that the villagers were foolish to kill a man whom they knew nothing about. Later, Obierika gives Okonkwo money that he received from selling Okonkwo's yams and seed-yams, and he promises to do so until Okonkwo returns to Umuofia.
Six missionaries, including one white man, arrive in Mbanta. The white man speaks to the people about Christianity.
Okonkwo believes that the man speaks nonsense, but his son, Nwoye, is captivated and becomes a convert of Christianity. The Christian missionaries build a church on land given to them by the village leaders. However, the land is a part of the Evil Forest, and according to tradition, the villagers believe that the missionaries will die because they built their church on cursed land.
But when nothing happens to the missionaries, the people of Mbanta conclude that the missionaries possess extraordinary power and magic. The first recruits of the missionaries are efulefu, the weak and worthless men of the village. Other villagers, including a woman, soon convert to Christianity. The missionaries then go to Umuofia and start a school. Nwoye leaves his father's hut and moves to Umuofia so he can attend the school.
Okonkwo's exile is over, so his family arranges to return to Umuofia. Before leaving Mbanta, they prepare a huge feast for Okonkwo's mother's kinsmen in appreciation of their gratitude during Okonkwo's seven years of exile.
When Okonkwo returns to Umuofia, he discovers that the village has changed during his absence. Many men have renounced their titles and have converted to Christianity. The white men have built a prison; they have established a government court of law, where people are tried for breaking the white man's laws; and they also employ natives of Umuofia. Okonkwo wonders why the Umuofians have not incited violence to rid the village of the white man's church and oppressive government.
Some members of the Igbo clan like the changes in Umuofia. Brown, the white missionary, respects the Igbo traditions. He makes an effort to learn about the Igbo culture and becomes friendly with some of the clan leaders.
He also encourages Igbo people of all ages to get an education. Brown tells Okonkwo that Nwoye, who has taken the name Isaac, is attending a teaching college. Nevertheless, Okonkwo is unhappy about the changes in Umuofia.
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Brown becomes ill and is forced to return to his homeland, Reverend James Smith becomes the new head of the Christian church. But Reverend Smith is nothing like Mr. Brown; he is intolerant of clan customs and is very strict.