Dialectical Journal Things Fall Apart

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Chapter/Scene 1::1 Notes Summary Okonkwo at the age of 18 became famous for defeating Amalinze the Cat, who has never been defeated by anyone from the nine villages for over seven years. Function Defeating Amalinze the Cat function to show the reader Okonkwo's coming of fame and desire to be successful. Response Usually everyone follows the footsteps of their fathers, however, Okonkwo's desire to be successful showed me that he really wants to make something of himself. Quotes "… and whenever he was angry and could not get his words out quickly enough he would use his fist … he had no patience with unsuccessful men…he had no patience with his father" (Okonkwo) p.4 Chapter/Scene 1::2 Notes Summary Okoye has come to Unoka's (Okonkwo's father) house, asking for 200 cowries that Unoka has failed to pay back in over two years. Function Unoka is perceived as being a very reckless, unsuccessful man, also shows the reason why Okonkwo despises his father, which functions to advance the theme of the novel. Response Okonkwo seems detached to his father, usually a man of fame and glory wouldn't leave out to bite the dust, and be unsuccessful. Quotes " If a child washed his hands he could eat with the kinds… Okonkwo had clearly washed his hands and so he could eat with the kings" (Okonkwo) p.8 Chapter/Scene 2::3 Notes Summary 10,000 people including Okonkwo were gathered at a marketplace to hear that Ogbuefi Udo's wife was killed in a neighboring village of Mbaino, and all neighboring villages feared Umaofia. Function The village acts together as one big group, and every issue turns out to be everyone's issue, which functions to show that everyone is revolved by the acts of their tribe. Response Okonkwo, as ambitious as he is, is very attached to his village, because of his love for war Quotes "Those sons of wild animals have dared to murder a daughter of Umuofia." (Mbaino) p.11 "…neighboring clans who naturally knew wof these things feared Umuofia, and would not go to war against it without first trying a peaceful settlement " (Okonkwo) p.12 1
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Chapter/Scene 2::4 Notes Summary Okonkwo constantly nagged and beat his eldest son of 12 years, Nwoye, because he was lazy, resulting in turning him into a sad-faced youth. Function Okonkwo hated everything his father loved - gentleness and idleness being the most, Okonkwo wants to make Nyoye successful like him, which acts to advance the theme of of the novel. Response Even though Okonkwo never became like his father, Okonkwo wants to make Nwaye successful like himself. Quotes "But his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of weakness" (Okonkwo) p. 13 Chapter/Scene 3::5 Notes Summary Unoka goes to visit the priestess, Chika, to consult her about his unsuccessful attempts to make his land better to grow yams. Function
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2011 for the course ENG 316K taught by Professor Kruppa during the Spring '08 term at University of Texas at Austin.

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