Research the number 7 as used in things fall apart

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seven virtues. Research the number 7 as used in Things Fall Apart. Using the page numbers given in the following chart, locate the reference and then explain its importance to the novel. After you have finished the chart, write an exploratory paragraph indicating your thoughts on why Achebe uses the number in his novel. Answers will vary. Note to Teacher: Allow students to devise their own theory as to why the Ibo and Achebe use the number seven in their traditions, rituals, and standards. They may refer to the biblical symbolism and historical meanings, including completeness and perfection, but should be encouraged to evaluate meaning based on this text. Other possible meanings could include patience, long-suffering, and even mythical folklore.
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Name: ________________________________ Date:_________________ Chapters 14-19 Symbolism Objective: Interpreting details from text Relating literature to life Activity Historically, the number 7 has appeared in literature as a number of perfection. In the Bible, when a cycle is finished or when something is complete, you will find the number 7 . Many cultures recognize the significance of this number. The Egyptians had seven original and higher gods; the Persians, seven sacred horses; the Parsees, seven angels opposed by seven demons; and the Pythagoreans called it the perfect number. In nearly all religions, there are seven heavens‚ and we recognize seven deadly sins and seven virtues. Research the number 7 as used in Things Fall Apart. Using the page numbers given in the following chart, locate the reference and then explain its importance to the novel. After you have finished the chart, write an exploratory paragraph indicating your thoughts on why Achebe uses the number in his novel. S - 101 Reproducible Student Worksheet Student’s Page Things Fall Apart
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T - 102 © Copyright 2005, Prestwick House, Inc. Teacher’s Page Things Fall Apart SYMBOLISM CHART Page # Reference Explanation 3 “It was this man that Okonkwo threw in a fight which the old men agreed was one of the fiercest since the founder of their town engaged a spirit of the wild for seven days and seven nights.” Okonkwo’s fight was evidently a great one because the fiercest fight lasted so long. The idea of a cycle is present; Okonkwo is the next great leader. 46 “There were seven drums and they were arranged according to their sizes in a long wooden basket.” Using seven drums symbolizes the orderly man- ner in which the Ibo conduct their business. The wrestling match is a revered tradition, so using 7 drums indicates its prominence in the culture. 54 “The elders said locusts came once in a genera- tion, reappeared every year for seven years and then disappeared for another lifetime.” While some cultures feared the locusts, the Ibo appreciated them and treated their appearance as monumental. The idea that they stay around for seven years is a biblical allusion.
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