Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart Chapter 1

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Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

1.Note how Achebe immediately establishes his perspective from inside Umuofia (which is Ibo for “people of the forest”)in the first sentence. The wider world consists of the group of nine related villages which comprise Umuofia and certain other villages like Mbaino. What are Okonkwo’s main characteristics as he is depicted in the first few chapters? List as many as you can, being as specific as possible. What were the characteristics of his father which affected him so powerfully?

Okonkwo’s main characteristics as he is depicted in the first few chapters are he is a well respected warrior and determined individual of the Umuofia clan throughout the nine villages and beyond. Okonkwo is a well respected warrior because when he was eighteen years of age he brought admiration to his village by beating Amalinze the Cat in a wrestling contest. Amalinize was a man whose back never touched the ground. Amalinize was undefeated for a whole seven years. Okonkwo was a tall and huge man who had bushy eyebrows and a wide nose which gave him a very severe look. He had a slight stammer and had no patience with unsuccessful men. Okonkwo’s fears were becoming like his father, Unoka because his father was a failure. The characteristics of his father was his father was poor and his wife and children had barely enough to eat and people laughed at him because he was a loafer and they swore never to lend him money again because he never paid it back. Unoka was inactive, deprived, wasteful, weak, moderate, and always very fascinated in music and conversation. Okonkwo on the other hand was the total opposite of his father, he just married his third wife, he was a wealthy farmer and had two barns full of yams last but not least he had taken two titles and had shown incredible prowess in two inter-tribal wars.

2. Kola is a stimulant, comparable to very strong tea or coffee, which is served on most social occasions in this culture....
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