Things Fall Apart

What do you make of the community and cultural life of the Igbo society on the basis of the first chapter?

The story starts with the introduction of the protagonist Okonkwo being described as a champion and a warrior, who is not only wealthy, but also powerful with two titles. He is shown to be everything that his father Unoka was not. Such a start at once prepares us for a masculine world wherein the father …

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Which characteristics of Unoka are brought out in the story ‘Things Fall Apart’?

Ironically for Okonkwo his father Unoka foreshadows Okonkwo’s son Nwoye in many ways. Much to the chagrin of Okonkwo, both his father and son love music, art and songs. Both wish to live in the lap of nature. Ironically again Okonkwo dies without a burial like his father despite all his bravery, hard toil and …

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“Proverbs are the Palm-oil with which words are eaten.” What does this proverb mean in chapter one of Things Fall Apart?

Achebe illustrates the importance of proverbs in Igbo society by writing, “Among the Igbo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm oil with which words are eaten.” In Igbo society, palm oil is a fundamental ingredient used for cooking. Palm oil not only provides flavour to the meal but …

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“He who brings Kola brings life.” What does this proverb mean in chapter one of Things Fall Apart?

One day a neighbour called Okoye came to see Unoka. Unoka immediately rose and shook hands with Okoye his neighbour. Unoka immediately went into an inner room and soon returned with a small wooden disc containing a Kola nut. “I have Kola”, he announced when he sat down, and passed the disc over to his …

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