Opening Scenes of "Things Fall Term Paper

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  • Subject: Literature
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  • Related Topics: Things Fall Apart

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In revenge, Okonkwo extracts the payment of the young boy Ikemefuna, to whom he gives to his first wife to raise. Taking the 'riches' of the competing Mbiano clan are equated with taking representatives of their next generation.

This anxiety over the next generation is seen in Okonkwo's treatment of his first-born, biological son, whom he fears will be weak like the boy's grandfather. Okonkwo clearly fears a crisis of leadership in the next generation, and he associates leadership skills with physical excellence and bravery, as this has gained him his status within his world. However, despite the emphasis on fighting ability, there is clearly another side to the Umuofia, as Okonkwo's father's gifts are valued and even warring tribes are able to exchange kola nuts and drink palm wine together in a symbolic exchange of hospitality. Finally, the conflict is not settled through war, and the young Ikemefuna is not murdered, rather his transfer heals the rift that has occurred in a reasonably pacific fashion.

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Achebe, Chinua. Things…

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Works Cited

Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. New York: Heinemann, 1996.

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