Questions from Books@Random:
- Okonkwo rejects his father’s way and is, in turn, rejected by Nwoye. Is there something more here than mere generational conflict?
- The lives of Ikemefuma and Okonkwo can be deemed parallel to the extent that they both have fathers whose behavior is judged unacceptable. What do you think the contributing factors are to the divergent paths their fate takes them on?
- The District Commissioner is going to title his work The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Niger (p. 209). What do you interpret from this to be his perception of Okonkwo and the people of Umuofia? And what do you imagine this augurs in the ensuing volumes in Achebe’s trilogy of Nigerian life?
- What is the event that causes things to fall apart? Is any one person or event to blame for things falling apart?
- How did you respond to Okonkwo’s suicide? Did you expect it or did was it a surprise?