English II HP1
24 February 2012
Things Fall Apart: Study Guide
Make a list of the incidents that foreshadow the demise of Okonkwo and the Ibo tribe.
Explain what you believe is the effect of the foreshadowing on the reader’s interpretation
• The fact that Okonkwo’s father, Unoka, was not a leader • Ikemefuna’s death
• Ezinma’s sickness
• Nwoye’s lack of leadership
• Nwoye’s betrayal to Okonkwo
• The continuous miscarriages
• Okonkwo’s exile
• Accidental killing of the boy at the wedding
I think that these events foreshadowed Okonkwo’s and the Ibo tribe’s demise because every single one of the events affected Okonkwo negatively and led to some of change in his life. It starts with Okonkwo’s father being a bum in the tribe and neglecting his responsibility to his family. His death was also degrading because his body was thrown in the forbidden forest and Okonkwo always worked towards not becoming someone like him. However, at the end Okonkwo’s “burial” is the same and he becomes the failure he tried to avoid. He considered himself a failure because he was unable to rid the tribe of the colonists because he could see that the culture was diminishing but he failed to bring the tribe to fight after his exile. He was exiled because he killed a boy at the wedding which he was invited to after he killed Ikemefuna so that he could clear his mind with a distraction. Overall, every event led to something which foreshadowed Okonkwo’s demise as well as the tribe’s.
How does the last chapter of the book differ from the other chapters? Why do you think
Achebe chooses to narrate the last chapter from the point of view of someone who has
yet to be introduced in the novel?
The last chapter of the book is different from the rest because Achebe allows the colonists to have the last...
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