Things Fall Apart, Part I read one-third of the book — Chapters One-Eight. WRITE 1,000 words on it. Questions you might want to consider include: Ask yourself if Okonkwo is entirely responsible for his fate. Does he overreach — in the Classic sense — which will result in his downfall? Note how the real belief in the spirit world comes in in paragraph one — the spirit of the wild. What do you think this means? Unoka is a failure in Ibo terms. Why? Do you think he is? Clearly, the Ibo practice both ancestor worship and human sacrifice. Any thoughts? Okonkwo drinks wine from the skulls of his dead enemies. While I know this has become a popular usage on South Side Saturday nights, what do you think of it? How does it define the man and his culture? Medicine is not only healing it is magic. Define magic. What role does it play in the book? Okonkwo is a wife beater. Hm? Oracles, in this and other cultures, are always believe, always correct. What do you think? Why is the oracle a woman — when women seem to have so little power here? Define chi. Do you believe in it? If so, why? If not, how can you account for the good/bad things that happen to people? Why does Okonkwo kill the boy when he’s told not to? Is this the beginning of the end for him?

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