Joyce M. Strong
Reading Assignment: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
November 3, 2015
Okonkwo - Respected and influential leader of the Igbo tribe (main character)
Unoka - Okonkwo’s father
Ekwefi - Okonkwo’s second wife
Ojiubo- Okonkwo’s third wife
Nwoye- Okonkwo’s oldest son
Ezinma - Only child and daughter of Ekwefi and Okonkwo
Ikemefuna - a teen boy taken from the neighboring village of Mbaino to prevent war.
Obeirika - Okonkwo’s best friend in Umoufia
Ezeudu- Oldest man and clan leader in village and messenger for the Oracle
Chielo- Village widow and priestess
Agbala - The Oracle of the Hills and Caves
The rules and customs of the Igbo tribe
Okonkwo’s fear of being seen as weak and similar to his father
The fear of Gods among the Igbo tribe
1. Things Fall Apart is taught in high schools and colleges across the United States. If someone read only one novel written by an African, that novel is usually Things Fall Apart. How many of you read it before? For which courses? What lessons, themes, emphases?
2. In the colonization-independence-postcolonial sequence, when does this story occur? Pre-colonial? How does a pre-colonial position challenge or redevelop postcolonial studies?
3. How are the women portrayed in Thing Fall Apart? (obj.4- observe representations or repressions of gender in male-dominant fields of cross-cultural contact)
4. What does the term “chi” seems to symbolize?
5. How does the novel mediate b/w a western reader and honest representation of Africa?
6. How does the novel achieve tragic depth or texture instead of just National Geographic picturesque?