Things Fall Apart
Things fall apart is a novel about a man by the name of Okonkwo a man that just trying to be the best he can be. He wants to be successful and not end up like his father with nothing but himself.
Okonkwo is a wealthy and respected warrior of the Umuofia clan, a lower Nigerian tribe that is part of the nine connected villages, including Okonkwo’s village Iguedo. Okonkwo father Unoka was a man who feared the sight of blood and always asked for things he was never successful with nothing not even when it came to his farm. His wife and kids often went hungry because of him. One night, the town crier had rung the ogene, and requested that all of the clansmen gather in the market in the morning. At the gathering, Ogbuefi Ezeugo a noted orator announce that someone from the village of Mbaino murdered the wife of an Umuofia tribesman. The village filled with so much anger that they wanted revenge. Okonkwo traveled to Mbaino to deliver the message that they must hand over a virgin and a young man to Umuofia. If Mbaino was to refuse this demand the two villages would have to go to war. The elders give the virgin to Ogbuefi Udo as his wife, and Ikemefuna a fifteen year old boy to Okonkwo for safekeeping and instruction.
The clan decided that Ikemefuna will stay with Okonkwo. Ikemefuna had gotten homesick and scared at first. But Nwoye’s mother treated him as one of her own and took care of him. To Okonkwo he also becomes like an older brother to Nwoye. Okonkwo himself grew quite fond of Ikemefuna but he does not show any affection because he believes doing so shows a sign of weakness. During the Week of Peace Okonkwo notices that his youngest wife Ojiugo had left her hut to have her hair braided. She didn’t cook dinner so when she got back he hit her. Okonkwo knew he was wrong and had to face the consequences of giving up a nanny goat and a hen and pay a fine of one length of cloth and one hundred cowries. The next day the village held a harvest to give thanks to their god Ani. After the feast there is annual wrestling match. The wrestling match toke place in the village of ilo, also known as common green.
Ikemefuna stays with Okonkwo’s family for three years. One day locust surprises the village because they only come once in a...