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Literary luminary chapters 8-13

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Part D- Literary luminary chapters 8-13 “Obierika was a man who thought about things. When the will of the goddess had been done, he sat down in his obi and mourned his friend’s calamity. Why should a man suffer so grievously for an offence he had committed inadvertently? But although he thought for a long time, he found no answer. He was merely led into greater complexities. He remembered his wife’s twin children, whom he had thrown away. What crime had they commited? The earth had decreed that they were an offence on the land and must be destroyed.”(page 109) Since the people of the village obey the laws of their gods and goddesses, and blindly follow traditions, it is very rare for anyone to question why they do such things. It’s ironic how the man who brought the news to Okonkwo that his son has to be killed, got his own son killed by Okonkwo. As Obiekrika thinks about their horrible traditions he starts
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Unformatted text preview: to get more and more confused as to why they sacrifice their own children for causes of gods. He just decides not think about why because he can’t answer those questions, and the cycle of blind faith continues as a result. “He had allowed what he regarded as a reasonable and manly interval to pass and then gone with his matchet to the shrine, where he thought they must. It was only when he had got there that it had occurred to him that the priestess might have chosen to go round the villages first.” (page 99) What I found really interesting in this quote is the fact that a “manly” interval of time has to pass in order for Okonkwo to shamelessly chase after his wife or daughter. This does reflect a lot on Okonkwo and how insecure he really is; as many men would have chased after their wife and child right away in times of emergency, instead of jeopardizing them both so that they may not appear weak....
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