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Things Fall Apart ~ Please read this before you read the excerpt (BOOK SIX: 1107-1112) Reading Guide BOOK SIX: 1107-1112 I’m giving you a plot summary from Bookrags with some discussion questions inserted within the summary to get you headed in the right direction even though we are only reading a small portion of the actual text. Below the summary and questions you’ll see the descriptions of the main characters; these descriptions are also from Bookrags. Remember that I’m not asking you to submit written answers to these questions, but I do definitely want you to be ready to discuss this on Tuesday. Plot Summary Although his father was a lazy man who earned no titles in the Ibo tribe, Okonkwo is a great man in his home of Umuofia, a group of nine villages in Nigeria. Okonkwo despised his father, Unoka, and does everything he can to be nothing like the man. As a young man, Okonkwo began building his social status by defeating a great wrestler, propelling him into society's eye. He is hard working and shows no weakness - emotional or otherwise - to anyone. Although brusque with his family and his neighbors, he is wealthy, courageous, and powerful among his village. He is a leader of his village, and this place in society is what he has striven for his entire life. 1. Here is the first contrast. Look at the words describing Okonkwo and the words describing his father, Unoka. What does Okonkwo represent and what does Unoka represent? 2. Even here in this first paragraph of summary, what is different about Achebe’s treatment of the African natives compared to Conrad’s treatment of the African natives? Because of his great esteem in the village, Okonkwo is selected by the elders to be the guardian of Ikemefuna, a boy taken prisoner by the tribe as a peace settlement between two villages. Ikemefuna is to stay with Okonkwo until the Oracle instructs the elders on what to do with the boy. For three years the boy lives with Okonkwo's family and they grow fond of him, he even considers Okonkwo his father. At the same time, Nwoye,
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