How we cite the quotes: Citations follow this format: Why should a man suffer so grievously for an offense he had committed inadvertently? But although he thought for a long time he found no answer.
Okonkwo shivers when he remembers that Ezeudu had warned him against playing a part in the killing of Ikemefuna. Everyone in the village gathers for the funeral ceremony of a warrior who had achieved three titles in his lifetime, a rare accomplishment.
During the ceremony, men dance, fire off guns, and dash about in a frenzy of wailing for the loss of Ezeudu. Periodically, the egwugwu spirits appear from the underworld, including a one-handed spirit who dances and brings a message for the dead Ezeudu.
Before the burial, the dancing, drumming, and gunshots become increasingly intense. Suddenly an agonized cry and shouts of horror are followed by silence.
Ezeudu's sixteen-year-old son is found dead in a pool of blood in the midst of the crowd. When Okonkwo fired his gun, it exploded and a piece of iron pierced the boy's heart.
In the history of Umuofia, such an accident has never occurred. Okonkwo's accidental killing of a clansman is a crime against the earth goddess, and he knows that he and his family must leave Umuofia for seven years. As his wives and children cry bitterly, they hurriedly pack their most valuable belongings into head loads to be carried as they prepare to flee before morning to Mbanta, the village of his mother.
Friends move Okonkwo's yams to Obierika's compound for storage. After the family's departure the next morning, a group of village men, carrying out the traditional justice prescribed by the earth goddess, invade Okonkwo's compound and destroy his barn, houses, and animals.
Okonkwo's friend Obierika mourns his departure and wonders why Okonkwo should be punished so severely for an accident. Again, Obierika ponders the old traditions, remembering his own twin children who were abandoned in the forest because of tribal tradition.
Analysis In the literary tradition of the tragic hero, Okonkwo's undoing continues with his accidental killing of Ezeudu's son. Early in the chapter, Achebe foreshadows the event with Okonkwo's memory of Ezeudu's warning about not killing Ikemefuna. The author builds dramatic tension by describing an increasingly frenzied scene of dancing, leaping, shouting, drumming, and the firing of guns, as well as the frightening appearance of the egwugwu.
The action climaxes with an explosion of gunfire and then comes to a stop with the phrase "All was silent. He also questions the tribal abandonment of twins, remembering his own innocent children left to die in the forest.
The chapter includes several intimations of impending doom for the clan and its traditions. Achebe ends the chapter dramatically with the proverb, "If one finger brought oil, it soiled the others," suggesting that Okonkwo's crime may lead to the ultimate downfall of Umuofia itself.
Di-go-go-di-go the sound of drumbeats on the ekwe, or drums. Mbanta The name means small town and is where Okonkwo's mother comes from, his motherland, beyond the borders of Mbaino Ikemefuna's original home.Summary: Chapter 3 Okonkwo built his fortune alone as a sharecropper because Unoka was never able to have a successful harvest.
When he visited the Oracle, Unoka was told that he . Although not indicated in this chapter, the events of Things Fall Apart take place in the late s and early s, just before and during the early days of the British Empire's expansion in Nigeria. The novel depicts details about life in an African culture much different from Western culture.
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Short Answer Study Questions-Things Fall Apart, p. 6 Who struck the last blow to Ikemefuna, and why?
Okonkwo did, because he was afraid of being thought weak. Chapters 1. What did Okonkwo do whenever he thought of his father’s weakness and failure? He thought of his own strength and success. 2. Chapters 1–3 Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world.
—W. B. Yeats, “The Second Coming” (See Important Quotations Explained) Summary: Chapter 1. Among the Igbo proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten.