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No Longer at Ease | Study Guide

Chinua Achebe

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Chinua Achebe

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Perspective and Narrator

No Longer at Ease is told by a third-person narrator who stays close to the perspective of the main character, Obi Okonkwo.


No Longer at Ease is narrated in the past tense.

About the Title

The title No Longer at Ease comes from the poem "The Journey of the Magi" by British-American poet T.S. Eliot (1888–1965). The poem has a first-person speaker, one of the Magi, or wise men, who travel to see the newborn Jesus in the New Testament Gospel of Matthew. In No Longer at Ease author Chinua Achebe quotes as an epigraph the final lines of Eliot's poem. These lines describe the way the returned wise men now feel alienated from their homelands after what they have seen in Bethlehem. This alienation parallels the feelings of the main character of the novel, Obi Okonkwo, who has just returned from years of study in England.


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