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tribesmen. Okonkwo’s life has been changed forever. The same can be said for the Ibo. The advent of the Christian missionaries causes great conflict between the Ibo as some leave the tribes and convert to this new religion. The white men disobey the law of the Ibo and begin to integrate their own laws into a new form of government. Slowly, the culture of the Ibo slips away from the people who once embraced it. 2. Explain how the irony in Okonkwo being banished to his “motherland” is important to the theme of gender in Things Fall Apart. Okonkwo’s goal in life is to be a man with no effeminate characteristics. Therefore, he is completely humiliated having to live in the land of his mother instead of his father. Murder‚ especially of a fellow clansman‚ is considered a crime against the earth goddess; therefore‚ Okonkwo has committed a female ochu . Although Okonkwo’s Uncle Uchendu tries to explain to Okonkwo that “Mother is Supreme‚” Okonkwo appears to be unmoved. (Pg. 133) In addition‚ Okonkwo is told that he is being protected by his mother and should find comfort in her; Okonkwo is warned that if he allows “sorrow to weigh [him] down and kill [him],” his children and wives will all die in exile. (Pg. 134) Okonkwo has always considered his actions to be manly; he has worked hard to gain the reputation he had in Umuofia, so it is ironic that‚ because of a female crime‚ he is faced with living under the heritage and culture of his mother.
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Name: ________________________________ Date:_________________ Chapters 14-19 Review Objective: Increasing comprehension and retention through discussion questions Activity Answer each question thoroughly. 1. The first part of the novel reveals a functioning culture complete with its successes and faults. In Part Two, the reader sees that things are indeed beginning to fall apart. What has caused Okonkwo’s life to unravel? What has caused the Ibo culture to begin to erode? 2. Explain how the irony in Okonkwo being banished to his “motherland” is important to the theme of gender in Things Fall Apart. S - 105 Reproducible Student Worksheet Student’s Page Things Fall Apart
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T - 106 © Copyright 2005, Prestwick House, Inc. Teacher’s Page Things Fall Apart 3. Explain why Nwoye is so easily converted by the Christian missionaries. Nwoye’s dislike for his father forces him to reach out for acceptance and compassion. He has always loved the stories of his mother and enjoys the ways of his grandfather; however, these actions have caused great dissension between his father and him. He questions why his father participated in the death of Ikemefuna and why his father treats his wives and children with so little respect and great disregard. The Christians have a “poetry” that captivates Nwoye, and the “words of the hymn were like the drops of frozen rain melting on the dry palate of the panting earth.” (Pg. 147) After the fight with his father, Nwoye walks away and never returns. He has found comfort and acceptance from strangers.
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