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The host presents kola nuts to the in-laws and proclaims friendship between the two families. The women come out to shake hands and greet the visitors. The men speak of each other’s accomplishments. The women then begin to dance. The bride comes last with a rooster in her right hand. The bride goes home with the in-laws for seven market weeks.
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T-13 Chapter Thirteen Vocabulary lamentation – noise associated with grief raffia – plant material tumult – commotion; ruckus brand – torch brandishing – holding 1. Why do you think a “cold shiver ran down Okonkwo’s back as he remembered the last time the old man” Ezeudu visited him? (Pg. 121) Ezeudu visited Okonkwo just before Ikemefuna was killed. He warned Okonkwo not to participate in the boy’s death because it would offend mother earth. Okonkwo shivers because the old man’s death may be a sign mother earth is unhappy, and Okonkwo may have to pay a price for killing Ikemefuna. 2. Briefly describe the funeral of the great warrior, Ezeudu. How does a warrior become one of the “lords” of the clan? The drums beat, guns are fired, and the male clan members are in a frenzy, jumping and cutting down anything they see. Sometimes the egwugwu appear from the underworld and speak. A warrior is buried after dark by the light of a glowing brand. A “lord” of the clan is someone who has four titles. 3. Why must Okonkwo leave the clan? He accidentally kills the son of the dead warrior. It is a crime to kill a clan member. 4. A tragic flaw is a defect of character which brings about the downfall of the protagonist. What do you think is Okonkwo’s tragic flaw? He kills Ikemefuna because he is worried about looking weak like his father. His pride and inability to break with the strict traditions of the clan for fear of appearing weak, even when his heart tells him to, will ultimately be his downfall. 5. What is ironic about the fact that Okonkwo’s crime is considered a “female” crime? Okonkwo is always worried about appearing weak or female. The crime he commits is considered female because the killing is done by accident. Okonkwo must leave his home because of a “female” crime.
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T-14 6. With what customs of the clan does Obierika not agree? Obierika cannot think of a reason why a man should be banished for an accident. He also does not understand why innocent twin children are left in the forest to die. 7. How does the following proverb explain the harsh punishment given to Okonkwo? “As the elders said, if one finger brought oil it soiled the others.” (Pg. 125) It is important to obey all of the rules of the clan, or the entire community will suffer. It is a rule that no one kills another clan member. There can be no exceptions, or the entire system will be destroyed.
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