Things Fall Apart Chapter Evidence

Topics: Man, Thought, Textual criticism Pages: 4 (1154 words) Published: March 5, 2015
Evidence
Inference – Commentary
Textual reference-
“Okonkwo was well known through the nine villages…”
Context-
Okonkwo is introduced, he well known.

Thematic idea suggested by evidence-
Honor
Commentary-
Okonkwo seems to be loved but also feared because of his impatience. Textual reference-
“His wives, especially the youngest lived in perpetual fear of his fiery temper…” Context-
Because of the laziness of his father, Okonkwo was harsh and abusive but not cruel. Thematic idea suggested by evidence-
Fear of failure
Commentary-
Okonkwo wants to be nothing like his father.
Textual reference-
“Okonkwo did not have the start in life which many young men usually had.” Context-
His fathers’ laziness affected Okonkwos’ life in terrible ways. Thematic idea suggested by evidence-
Family
Commentary-

Textual reference-
“The evil you have done can ruin the whole clan…we shall all perish.” Context-
Okonkwo has been lucky, but now he will pay for his actions Thematic idea suggested by evidence-
Fate
Commentary-
Okonkwo is driving his wives away.

Textual reference-
“But somehow Okonkwo could never become as enthusiastic over feasts as most people” Context-
Okonkwo feels the need to work instead of celebrate.
Thematic idea suggested by evidence-
Honor
Commentary-
Okonkwo is too hardworking.
Textual reference-
“They stood round in a huge circle leaving the center of the playground free.” Context-
They are getting ready for the wrestling matches.
Thematic idea suggested by evidence-
Relationships
Commentary-
The wrestling matches are a big deal among the villages.
Textual reference-
Dazed with fear, Okonkwo drew his machete and cut him down. He was afraid of being thought weak.” Context-
They, Okonkwo killed Ikemefuna.

Thematic idea suggested by evidence-
Identity
Commentary-
Okonkwo is so full of “pride” that he is becoming more heartless. Textual Reference-
“He tried not to think about Ikemefuna, but the more...
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