Things Fall Apart


Discussion Questions

  1. The story is set in a Nigerian village, yet its title is taken from a modern poet’s description of the breakdown of society. In what way, thus, does the novel reflect modern times?
  2. Is it coincidental that Ikemefuna’s death is ordered after the priestess Chielo meets Ekwefi and hears of how Okonkwo beat her? Why or why not?
  3. Unoka and Okonkwo are very different people, but they have one thing in common: They are both afraid. What is it that each is afraid of, and why does this ultimately make them more alike than different?
  4. How is Obierika different from Okonkwo?
  5. How are Okonkwo and Mr. Smith similar?
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