Things Fall Apart Chapters 8-14
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How does Okonkwo react to Ikemefuna's death?
Okonkwo seems tortured about Ikemefuna's death. He could not sleep, or taste food, and he drank palm wine from morning until nightfall.
Why does Okonkwo doubt Ogbuefi Ndulue's strength? Do you feel his opinion of the elder is justified?
Okonkwo doubted Ogbuefi because he always consulted his wife or others. Okonkwo's opinion was not justified because Ogbuefi used his wife and others to make tough decisions to avoid war with other tribes.
Why is Ezinma so special to Ekwefi?
Ezinma is her only child and the center of her world. Ezinma is the only surviving child. They are tight-more than a mother and daughter relationship. They eat eggs in the bedroom as a special/secret thing.
Describe what Okonkwo's reaction to Ezinma's illness show about him as a father?
It shows that he can be a caring father to people he really cares about. He responded quickly by getting herbs for medicine and built a sweat lodge to help with her illness. He may not always show his caring emotions but he does caring actions.
To give in to whims, desires, or wishes, adj.
An expression of sharp disapproval or criticism, noun-express sharp disapproval or criticism due to someone's behavior or actions, verb
Boldness, or determination in facing great danger, especially in battle; heroic courage and bravery, noun
Approval or praise, noun
Boldness or daring, noun
A secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful, noun
Intended for, or understood by a small number of people with a specialized knowledge, or interest, adj.
The condition, or state of being malevolent (wishing harm or evil on someone), noun
Wild uproar, or unrestrained disorder, noun
Famous, or well-known typically for some bad quality or deed, adj.
A skilled public speaker, noun
Speaking, or spoken incessantly and fluently, adj.
Who are the egwugwu and how do they settle the wife-beating case? What does this show of the Igbo's justice system?
Why do you think Achebe includes the story of the Tortoise?
How has Okonkwo tried to protect Ezinma? What does this show about his character?
Describe the uri and explain what the uri represents of the Igbo community.
Egwugwus are the nine elders-each represents a village of the clan. They wear giant masks to make them anonymous. They settle the wife-beating case by telling him to bring palm wine to her family and apologize/beg for her to come home. This shows that there is a justice system but it seems to favor men more than women; due to the fact that the wife received nothing for the beatings and he was not directly told to beat her again, by the egwugwu. It is said that it is not brave to fight with a woman (they publicly shame him not to do it). The family threatened to hurt him if he beat her again. This is like our Supreme Court (civilized).
Achebe included the story of the Tortoise because he wanted to show how one could be greedy and ask for things from others, but, will eventually soon lose one's way, and suffer payback or punishment if one is not grateful. The tortoise is known as a personified trickster.
He tried to look out for her when she was sick. It shows that he may not be outwardly kind, but he cares. Okonkwo followed when Ezinma was taken to the caves for healing. Ezinma's mother also follows even though she was told not to. He circles (paces) around the cave.
The uri is when the bride's suitor brings pots of palm wine to her immediate family. It represents the reception or celebration of the marriage.
Having qualities traditionally ascribed to men, like strength or boldness, adj.
Social, political, and economic rights for women equal to those of men, noun
Why must Okonkwo leave his clan?
What does this rule of punishment signify as important to the clan?
How does Okonkwo react to his exile?
How does Uchendu encourage Okonkwo to move forward? How would you describe Uchendu's influence?
He has to leave his clan because his gun misfires during the funeral of Ogbuefi Ezeudu, killing a 16-year-old boy. He is then banned for seven years.
It is a crime to kill another clansmen, but the clan does not use the death penalty as punishment. It shows that the clan values people's lives.
Okonkwo is very bitter and upset about his exile.
He gathers the whole family together and talks about the struggles people face, and how they overcome them. His influence is sad, but he gives the motivation to move on.
State as a fact, verb
A way of cutting, and arranging someone's hair, noun
Not resulting from, or achieved through deliberate planning, adj.
A thing necessary for the achievement of a specific end, noun
Violent and noisy commotion; uproar, noun
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