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Achebe allows readers to see life through Okonkwo’s eyes in order to become linked to him emotionally. The characterization creates realistic personalities with whom readers can associate and empathize. In addition, the reader understands the daily customs and rituals‚ as well as the main events in life because they are presented as Okonkwo’s personal experiences. Most literature about Africa had presented the culture as illiterate, uncivilized, and simple. Okonkwo helps readers to see the complexity and intelligence of his people from his first-hand expe- riences. 3. Part One of Things Fall Apart presents an intact culture that has its faults but still works. What makes the Ibo a functioning culture? Ibo is a culture with an organized system of religion, government, and family. The polygamist foundation functions normally but is presented with the same problems found in a monogamist marriage. Children are assigned chores and they respect their elders. Families gather for special events such as weddings, feasts, and sporting matches; these same families have a common marketplace as seen in all civilized cultures. The governing egwugwu hears and delivers justice and punishment in the same manner as today’s court system. However, it is the religious values of the tribe that reveal its civilized manner. All members share a faith in the gods and believe in the traditions and heritage of the culture. 4. By the end of Part One, internal rivalries and disagreements have arisen that could eventually disrupt the unity of the village. What are these conflicts? Based on the title of the novel, what do you predict will happen? Already there have been internal conflicts‚ such as the one between Okonkwo and Obierika. Okonkwo does not like the fact that Obierika questions the authority of the Oracle and the traditions of the tribe. In addition, Okonkwo himself questions the actions of Chielo, the priestess when she takes Ezinma from their home. He does not seem to trust the priestess and arms himself as he goes to the cave. At the end of chapter thirteen, Okonkwo questions the punishment for his crime‚ and he even questions why he was required to throw his wife’s twins away. The title of the novel indicates that as Okonkwo and his family leave their tribe, things will never be the same and will begin to change from the traditions he holds dear.
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Name: ________________________________ Date:_________________ Chapters 1-13 Review Objective: Increasing comprehension and retention through discussion questions Activity Answer each question succinctly and thoroughly. 1. How does Okonkwo’s childhood impact his adult life? 2. Why does Achebe present Part One from Okonkwo’s point of view? 3. Part One of Things Fall Apart presents an intact culture that has its faults but still works. What makes the Ibo a functioning culture?
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