Things Fall Apart Study Guide .docx - Things Fall Apart Study Guide Summaries Write a brief summary for each chapter of the book as you complete it

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Things Fall Apart Study Guide Summaries Write a brief summary for each chapter of the book as you complete it. Chapter Brief summary (3-5 sentences) 1 Okonkwo is a young but accomplished wrestler and farmer. His father Unoka used to enjoy life, music, and culture, but as he grew older, he became lazy and owed a lot to many people including a man named Okoye. He died with the debts never paid, but though he was a failure, Okonkwo is not and he looked over the sacrificed Ikemefuna. 2 Something was amiss when the crier gave his nightly message. In the morning, people gathered in the marketplace and Ogbuefi Ezeugo told the people that the Mbaino people murdered a daughter of Umuofia (a wife of Ogbuefi Udo), and the people were angry. The plan was to offer Mbaino 2 choices: war or an offering of a young man and woman. Umuofia was feared so Mbaino chose to offer a girl who replaced the murdered wife and Ikemefuna who stayed with Okonkwo for three years. Okonkwo is a very hardworking, wealthy, and authoritative member of his large family- he feared failure and weakness, traits of his late father. 3 Unoka once consulted the Oracle to figure out why his crops are not successful, the Oracle says he is lazy and it is not that he offended the gods, it is that he is lazy and doesn’t put in sufficient effort to guarantee success in his crops. Unoka died in the Evil Forest, never buried, and Okonkwo always feared his father’s pathetic life and death; though he wasn’t born with privileges, Okonkwo worked hard and made a prosperous life for himself. Okonkwo approached Nwakibie (wealthy and high in title) for some seeds after they drank wine with some other men- Nwakibie gave him 800 yam seeds. That year there was a drought and it killed all Okonkwo’s crop; the next year he planted Nwakibie’s seeds and it was a failure as well- but Okonkwo pushed through. 4 No one doubts Okonkwo’s success due to his hard work but he also kills a man’s spirit if the man has no title. Ikemefuna had a difficult transition to life in Okonkwo’s household but after a while he adjusted and was liked by the family. During the Week of Peace, Okonkwo got angry and beat his wife Ojiugo for going out and plaiting hair when she was supposed to be home; he broke the sacred peace and the same day the priest of the earth goddess Ani, Ezeani, ordered him to sacrifice items to the shrine of Ani, which Okonkwo did. Okonkwo is very strict with his sons while they helped Okonkwo prepare seeds. The heavy rain season came and Ikemefuna told Okonkwo’s son Nwoye stories until the heavy rain thinned. 5 It was the time of the New Yam Festival (start of new year, right before harvest) and the Feast of the New Yam (giving thanks to Ani, time of cleaning out old and bringing in new). Okonkwo suddenly got angry, he beat and almost shot Ewefi for “killing” his banana tree. Later that day Okonkwo sacrificed a yam and palm-oil; the extended family came over the Okonkwo’s house and they feasted. The second day of New Year was the wrestling match. The wives prepared meals for the
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