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68) It is incomprehensible to Okonkwo that a man and a woman could be of one mind. To him, that means the man is weak and feminine. Okonkwo does not feel or understand compassion and love.
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Name: ________________________________ Date:_________________ Chapter 8 Thematic Concepts Objective: Recognizing thematic concepts Activity One thematic concept expressed in Things Fall Apart deals with gender and Okonkwo’s perception of masculinity and femininity. Throughout the novel, Okonkwo expresses his dislike for feminine traits that he associates with weakness and inferiority. His ideas are based on his experiences with his father and his desire to be different from him. In this chapter, the reader views various incidents that reveal Okonkwo’s pride in his masculinity. Complete the chart below with the passage that reveals Okonkwo’s reaction and explain the reaction. The first one has been done for you. S - 47 Reproducible Student Worksheet Student’s Page Things Fall Apart Incident Okonkwo’s Reaction Explanation Ezinma delivers food to her father. “Okonkwo ate the food absent- mindedly. ‘She should have been a boy,’ he thought as he looked at his ten-year-old daughter.” (Pg. 64) Okonkwo believes being a girl is weak and inferior, and because Ezinma is his favorite, he wishes she were masculine and‚ therefore‚ strong. Okonkwo is shamed by his grief. Obierika’s son, Maduka, shakes hands with Okonkwo, and Okonkwo wishes his own son Nwoye were more like Maduka. Okonkwo shows his manliness by participating in Ikemefuna’s death. Obierika relates the details of Ndulue and Ozoemena’s deaths.
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T - 48 © Copyright 2005, Prestwick House, Inc. Teacher’s Page Things Fall Apart Chapter 9 Children’s Book Objective: Writing a folktale that expresses a moral lesson Creating a book geared toward elementary aged students Activity The African folktale about Mosquito and Ear add credence to the culture portrayed in the novel. By now, the reader identifies with and is accustomed to the proverbs, parables, and lore upon which the Ibo base their beliefs, values, and principles. Write a children’s book based upon your own piece of folklore. Use the premise of a fable, a story told using animals as the main characters which teaches a moral lesson, and follow the guidelines below. This project will begin with your conception of characters and will continue through a finished publication. The folktale should be typed and placed in a creative binding, resembling children’s books for elementary age students. Book covers can be freehand illustrations or computerized printouts. Complete the chart below as you proceed through the project. CHILDREN’S BOOK Note to Teacher: Students could choose their animal characters or could be assigned specific animals. Encourage students to read through some published stories geared toward elementary aged students before beginning this project.
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