Sticks are used a bargaining symbol to represent a bag of cowries. He has no titles, so he is considered an agbala. Okonkwo was someone who would show no mercy when he was provoked or needed to make a point. It has been that way all throughout history. However, the bird told his wife to put all the hard things out. Now she lies suffering with fever while Okonkwo gathers leaves, grasses, and barks for medicine. He is described as an effeminate man who fears blood, and … is not a warrior.
Ezeudu's son: shot by Okonkwo. Almost all of the conflicts are due to discrimination by different groups of people. These conflicts led to wars and changed the lives of many forever. His father achieves nothing on account of his laziness. . Just when Okonkwo has finished his seven-yearsentence and is allowed to return home, his son Nwoye converts toChristianity. Chielo: Priestess to the Oracle Agbala.
Interpretation 2: The Ibo need to scrap their traditions, implement national health care, start a dialogue with enemy spirits who terrorize them, rewrite their laws, and collect all their yams and divide them equally at the end of the harvest so everybody will be equal. He is always trying to prove to himself and others that he is worth a lot, and is a strong person worthy of respect. His goal was to critique and emend the portrait of Africa that was painted by so many writers of the colonial period. But when he realizes how truly alone he is he struggles with whether he can go on living, and the implications killing himself would have. I shuffled a few feet farther to the right, hoping to find thicker ice.
Until then the people were governed only by the traditional Ibo culture and were custom-bound, but the invasion of the missionaries changes the lives of the villagers tremendously. Interpretation 2 — Okonkwo is the embodiment of evil. As an agricultural society, the survival of the Umuofia depends on the earth and its predictable cycle of seasons. How do they characterize animals? We can see and feel the conflict that Okonkwo struggles with as he strives to be stronger, wiser, richer, and more masculine than his father. He had been cast out of his clan like a fish onto a dry, sandy beach. And this was what Enoch did.
Religion At first, Okonkwo has a minor conflict with religion, when he beats his wife during the Week of Peace and is punished by the earth god. With the invasion of the Christians, the villagers find themselves at a loss. Culture The cultural conflict in the book takes on huge proportions. Nwankwo: one of Obeirika's extended family. However, in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart, conflict had a bigger impact as the book opened a rich dialogue about the cultural clash between the native Africans and the missionaries and the colonial government put in place in Nigeria.
Oduche, who was killed as a result of a land dispute. The missionaries also provide many good services to the villagers. Their egwugwu who gives justice is feared by the women and their children. He wanted the people of Umuofia to abandon their gods and follow his own religion. Okonkwo becomes wealthy from his hard work. Here, nature shows compassion towards the women by sprinkling a light rain on the soil to make digging for tubers especially easy. Sometimes it was not necessary to dig.
Relates the arrival of the Europeans and the introduction of Christianity 3. The people of umuofia have many gods. The Christians even begin living in the evil forest, in order to prove to the villagers that all their beliefs about its evilness are baseless. While in exile, he lives among the kinsmen of his motherland but resents the period in its entirety. Although he's just killed hisadoptive son, Okonkwo tries to show no emotion because he wants tobe seen as masculine and not be weak like his own father was. Ezinma: daughter of Ekwefi Uchendu: Okonkwo's uncle.
Unoka and Ekeudu by old age. As theChristian religion disproves Igbo myths, more and more Igbo peopleare converted. The white men belittle the people of Umuofia's gods by saying different things about their gods. This European influence, however, threatens to extinguish the need for the mastery of traditional methods of farming, harvesting, building, and cooking. However, during the council, acourt messenger from the missionaries arrives and tells the men tostop the meeting. Ibo culture: -Christianity: The church disproved many of the Ibo superstitions, and implicitly encouraged the Ibo to break traditions. In those seven years, the white missionaries come and try to convert people to their religion, and succeed in doing so with some people causing things to fall apart.
The appearance of a new religion was not the sole reason for the loss of a tradition. This accident causes Okonkwo to be exiled for 7 years. The conflict between he and his son over religion drove him to disown his son. One of the folk tales Achebe divulges in Things Fall Apart is a tale which explains why turtles have bumpy shells. Ikemefuna, the boy he has taken care of, Okonkwo's ideal son, is sentenced to die. District Commissioner Okonkwo's other children:.
Okeke: man who makes inferior snuff, from Mbanta. Ikemefuna: adopted son, brought b … ack from Mbaino. The way the Ibo culture and values fall apart is when Christianity comes to the villages. Eventually it healed, but was extremely bumpy because of the cracks in it. Whereupon they all came back and one of them gave Enoch a good stroke of the cane, which was always carried. Ekeudu's son, by Okonkwo' … s accidental gun explosion. Amalinze the Cat: A legendary wrestler who is undefeated for 5 years until Okonkwo throws him.