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Things Fall Apart
By Chinua Achebe
English II

Submitted by:
G11 David, Kim Patricia Y.
II – Helium
Submitted to:
Mrs. Zenaida S. Garcia – Nicolas
Submitted on:
August 6, 2012

Things Fall Apart Take-Home Test

1.)
a.) Ikemefuna is Umuofia’s hostage from Mbaino who was put under Okonkwo’s care for three straight years. He lived with Okonkwo’s family and became close to Nwoye, Okonkwo’s eldest son. He calls and treats Okonkwo as his real father. Okonkwo is inwardly pleased with him and he even likes him more than his real son. After three years, the elders have decided on what to do to him. They came on the decision of killing him and Okonkwo joined in killing him due to his fear of becoming weak. But then, guilt haunts Okonkwo throughout the story.

b.) Nwoye is Okonkwo’s eldest son. He is not on good terms with his father and seemed to lose respect on him especially at the moment when Ikemefuna was killed. On the other hand, Okonkwo sees Nwoye as a disappointment. This is because of Okonkwo sees his father in him. In the latter part when Okonkwo was exiled for seven years, he was converted into Christian and had his new Christian name: Isaac.

c.) Ekwefi is Okonkwo’s second wife. She sees Okonkwo as someone who is so masculine especially when he beat Amalinze the Cat. We can also see that there is this love involved in their relationship since it was stated in the first part of the story that she ran away from her husband to be with Okonkwo. Though not stated in the book, she is Okonkwo’s favorite wife. She is someone who is not just beautiful but also bold and strong. He is closer to Ekwefi than her other wives. Ekwefi cares so much about her daughter. When Ezinma has iba, she woke Okonkwo up without hesitation by pounding his door. Also, when Okonkwo is leaving Mbanta, she was put in charge of preparing cassava for the final feast.

d.) Ezinma is Okonkwo’s eldest daughter. She thinks of his father as someone who is...
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