Table of Contents
- 1 How does Okonkwo disregard his friends advice?
- 2 What warning is given to Okonkwo?
- 3 Why was Okonkwo told not to participate in the killing of Ikemefuna Why does he do it anyway?
- 4 What is Okonkwo’s greatest fear?
- 5 What is ironic about Okonkwo’s crime?
- 6 Why is Okonkwo’s crime considered female?
- 7 Why did ogbuefi Ezeudu warn Okonkwo that he was to have nothing to do with Ikemefuna’s death?
- 8 What was Okonkwo punished for during the week of peace?
How does Okonkwo disregard his friends advice?
Strictly advised by Ogbuefi Ezudu, Okonkwo is to not take part in the killing of Ikemefuna. Although told not to, Okonkwo’s heedless ears ignored the advice and went forth to killing Ikemefuna.
What warning is given to Okonkwo?
Obierika tells Okonkwo that nothing good will come from his participation in the killing of his adopted son. He warns, “What you have done will not please the Earth. It is the kind of action for which the goddess wipes out whole families.”
What warning does Ezeudu give Okonkwo about Ikemefuna’s death?
Ogbuefi Ezeudu, a village elder, warns Okonkwo that he should not kill Ikemefuna because Ikemefuna regards Okonkwo as his father and to kill him would be a sin.
Why was Okonkwo told not to participate in the killing of Ikemefuna Why does he do it anyway?
He tells Okonkwo that the Oracle has decreed that Ikemefuna must be killed as part of the retribution for the woman killed three years before in Mbaino. He tells Okonkwo to take no part in the killing since the boy calls him “father.”
What is Okonkwo’s greatest fear?
Perhaps down in his heart Okonkwo was not a cruel man. But his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of weakness.
Why is Okonkwo unhappy with his son and heir Nwoye?
In Parts II and III, Okonkwo hates his son for betraying the tribal culture in favor of the white colonial religion, Christianity.
What is ironic about Okonkwo’s crime?
The irony is that Okonkwo blames everything on his chi. He does not take responsibility for his own actions: When Okonkwo is in exile, he ponders the tribe’s view of his chi.
Why is Okonkwo’s crime considered female?
Okonkwo’s accidental murder is considered a crime against the earth goddess and he is forced to flee Umuofia immediately. Ironically, Okonkwo commits a female crime because the murder had been inadvertent. As punishment for his female crime, Okonkwo is banished from Umuofia for seven years.
Why does Okonkwo ignore what ogbuefi Ezeudu told him to do?
Why does Okonkwo ignore the warning? Ogbuefi Ezeudu says “The boy calls you father. Do not bear a hand in his death.” Okonkwo ignores this because he was afraid of being thought weak.
Why did ogbuefi Ezeudu warn Okonkwo that he was to have nothing to do with Ikemefuna’s death?
Ogbuefi Ezeudu, a respected village elder, informs Okonkwo in private that the Oracle has said that Ikemefuna must be killed. He tells Okonkwo that because Ikemefuna calls him “father,” Okonkwo should not take part in the boy’s death. Okonkwo lies to Ikemefuna, telling him that they must return him to his home village.
What was Okonkwo punished for during the week of peace?
In Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo’s punishment for beating his wife during the Week of Peace is a fine of one she-goat, one hen, a length of cloth, and a hundred cowries. The incident is only significant because it occurs at this sacred time, when all violence is forbidden.
What are Okonkwo’s weaknesses?
Western heroes lead from confidence, not from fear of failure. The weakness of Okonkwo is reacting first, and then thinking. Okonkwo’s weakness is lack of foresight. While his strength was that he knew how to be what his culture wanted, so that he’d have followers.