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As the District Commissioner watches, his men take down the body of Okonkwo, he thinks that he might include a brief chapter or paragraph about the scene in his book. He feels that through his actions‚ he can bring these uncivilized people face-to-face with an orderly form of society. The irony is that the Ibo and the Nigerian people are a functioning, intact society already; they do not need the type of aid or assistance offered by the District Commissioner and his colonizers. These tribes are not primitive—as they have their own form of religion, government, and heritage. They have a means of communication, a monetary system, and family values. He cannot bring progress to an already progressive group of people.
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Name: ________________________________ Date:_________________ Chapters 20-25 Review Objective: Increasing comprehension and retention through discussion questions Activity 1. Why does Achebe choose to present the European presence only in the last part of the novel? 2. Explain the irony in the title of the District Commissioner’s Book: The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger. S - 141 Reproducible Student Worksheet Student’s Page Things Fall Apart
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T - 142 © Copyright 2005, Prestwick House, Inc. Teacher’s Page Things Fall Apart 3. Only days after his arrest, torture, and release by the court messengers, Okonkwo is visibly excited knowing that he and his fellow Umuofian leaders will gather in the marketplace. Discuss Okonkwo feelings and actions. Okonkwo feels humiliated and degraded because of the treatment received by the kotma (court messenger). He hangs his head as he returns to his home. As he sits‚ contemplating the events, the anger in his heart turns to bitterness and hatred; then‚ he begins plotting his revenge. The reader knows how vengeful and rash Okonkwo can be because of his actions during the Week of Peace and at Ezendu’s funeral service. He sometimes acts before he thinks, and he always wants to portray a manly status of strength, not a feminine state of weakness. Okonkwo feels that because he and his kinsmen are gathering in the marketplace, they will eventually declare war on the white men; he pulls out his warrior’s dress in preparation. Okonkwo becomes irritated at the speakers and is afraid that they will ask the clan to reconsider declaring war. His heart races‚ and his thoughts are focused on revenge, which leads to his rash action of beheading the approaching messenger. 4. Why do you think Achebe employs two missionaries instead of just one? The two missionaries provide contrasting approaches in bringing a new culture to an established one. Mr. Brown is willing to merge the two cultures slowly, thereby avoiding confrontation and meeting with little resistance. He takes the time to learn about the Ibo‚ and he seeks to blend their culture with the customs and religion of Christianity. However, Reverend Smith approaches the situation with a narrow- minded attitude. He is unwilling to listen, he is uncompromising in his decisions, and he is firm in his actions. His intention is not to blend the cultures, but to annihilate one while cementing the other in its
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