Things Fall Apart: Chapters 21-25

Questions from Books@Random:

  1. Okonkwo rejects his father’s way and is, in turn, rejected by Nwoye. Is there something more here than mere generational conflict?
  2. 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?
  3. 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?

My questions:

  1. What is the event that causes things to fall apart? Is any one person or event to blame for things falling apart?
  2. How did you respond to Okonkwo’s suicide? Did you expect it or did was it a surprise?

2 thoughts on “Things Fall Apart: Chapters 21-25

  1. 1. A generational conflict fueled by a lot of change, change that is being rejected by the older generations. And right now part of me wonders if Nwoye was ready to not be parented anymore. :o)

    2. Personal choice. You can’t really choose what happens to you, but you can choose how you will react to it. :o)

    3. Silly white man thinks natives are primitive. He’s totally clueless and chooses not to understand their culture. The rest of the trilogy should sound like a repeat of the Pocahontas story.

    1. Things fell apart either when Okonkwo was banished from the village or when the missionary was replaced by the new guy. Of course, if we point to Okonkwo, we could say things fell apart when he killed his “foster son.” Or when his foster son moved in. But I would say the new unsympathetic missionary dude was the tipping point.

    2. Not surprised, but then again I’ve been reading quite a few rather depressing novels recently, so maybe I just “hoped for the worst.”

  2. I was actually a little relieved by the suicide, fearing he would hurt others.
    As far as the father-son rejection thing, children are always watching and learning how we treat our parents, even if it is not intentional to teach them.

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