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Copy of Things Fall Apart: The Summary


Linda Nunez

on 21 December 2012

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The Summary PART ONE OKONKWO Respected and influential leader within Igbo community of Umofia in Eastern Nigeria.
First brings honour to himself when he defeats Amalinze the Cat in a wrestling contest.
Determines to gain titles for himself and become a powerful and wealthy man in spite of his father's weaknesses.
UNOKA A lazy and wasteful man
Often borrowed money and then wasted it on palm-wine and enjoying with his friends.
Consequently, his wife and children often went hungry.
He is considered as a failure and a laughingstock by his society.
Referred to as agbala, one who resembles the weakness of a woman and has no property.
Died a shameful death and left numerous debts. Okonkwo resolves to overcome the shame that he feels as a result of his father's weaknesses by being what he considers to be "manly". being
insensitive dominates and controls his wives and children As a leader of his community, Okonkwo is asked to care for Ikemafuna. befriends Okonkwo's son, Nwoye. given to the village as a peace offering by neighbouring Mbaino to avoid war with Umuofia. Okonkwo becomes secretly fond of him. Over the years, Okonkwo becomes an extremely hot-tempered guy, he quickly explode at the slightest provocation. he severely beats and shoots a gun at his 2nd wife; Ekwefi because she took leaves from his banana plant to wrap food for the Feast of the New Yam. he violates the Week of Peace when he beats his youngest wife; Ojiugo when she went to braid her hair at her friend's house and forgot to prepare afternoon meal and feed her children. Ogbuefi Ezeuder, the oldest man in the village relays a message from the Oracle to Okonkwo. Okonkwo should not take part in the murder. Ikemafuna must be killed as part of the retribution for the Umuofian woman killed three years ago in Mbaino. He feel that not participating is a sign of weakness. He kills Ikemafuna with his machete. Nwoye is disappointed. He distances himself from his father and the clansmen. Okonkwo becomes depressed after killing Ikemafuna.

He visits his best friend, Obierika and able to sleep peacefully after that.

Ezinma, Okonkwo's favourite daughter is dying. A public trial is held.
9 clan leaders including Okonkwo represent the spirit of their ancestors. The 9 clan leaders, or egwugwu, also represent the 9 villages of Umofia. The wife, Mgbafo, had been severely beaten by her husband. The egwugwu tell the husband to take wine to his in-laws and beg his wife to come home. Chielo (the priestess) tells Ekwefi that Agbala (the Oracle of the Hills and Cave) needs to see Ezinma.

Okonkwo and Ekwefi prostest, but Chielo insists. Ekwefi follows secretly and waits at the entrance of the Oracle. Okonkwo surprises Ekwefi by arriving at the cave, also waits for Ezinma. When Ogbuefi Ezeudu dies, Okonkwo worries because the last time that Ezeudu visited him was when he warned Okonkwo of not killing Ikemafuna. achieved three titles of the clan's four, a rare accomplishment. an important leader in the village During the funeral, Okonkwo's gun goes off, and Ezeudu's sixteen-year-old is killed accidentally. EZEUDU Okonkwo and his family must be exiled from Umuofia for 7 years. a crime against the earth goddess The Accidental Killing The family moves to Okonkwo's mother's native village, Mbanta. Okonkwo's compound is destroyed and his animals are killed to cleanse the village from his sin. PART TWO MBANTA Okonkwo is welcomed by his maternal uncle, Uchendu, a village elder.
He gives Okonkwo a plot of land on which to farm and build a compound for his family.
But Okonkwo is depressed, and he blames his chi (personal spirit) for his failure to achieve lasting greatness.
Second year in exile Okonkwo receives a visit from Obierika.
Obierika recounts sad news about the village of Abame. The villagers believe that the missionaries have power and magic because nothing happens to them. the land is a part of the Evil Forest, the missionaries are expected to die. The Christian missionaries build a church on land given by village leaders. Before leaving Mbanta, they prepare a huge feast for the kinsmen. his family arranges to return to Umuofia. Okonkwo's exile is over. After a white man rode into the village on a bicycle, the elders of Abame consulted their Oracle. The oracle told them that the white man would destroy their clan and other clans. The villagers killed the white man. Weeks later, a large group of men slaughtered the villagers in retribution and the village of Alama is now deserted. Okonkwo and Uchendu agree that the villagers were foolish to kill a man whom they knew nothing about.

Obierika gives Okonkwo money that he received from selling Okonkwo's yams and seed-yams.

He promises to do so until Okonkwo returns to Umuofia. MISSIONARIES 6 missionaries including 1 white man arrives at Mbanta.
The white man speaks to people about Christianity.
Okonkwo believes that the man speaks nonsense.
His son, Nwoye, is captivated and becomes a convert of Christianity.
The recruits of missionaries:
efulefu (the weak and worthless men of the villlage).
a woman. The missionaries go to Umuofia and start a school. Nwoye leaves his father's hut and moves to Umuofia to attend school. PART THREE UMUOFIA Okonkwo discovers that the village has changed. Many men renounced their titles and converted to Christianity. Court and prison are built. THE CHANGE Some members of the Igbo clan like the changes. Mr. Brown, the white missionary respects Igbo's traditions and makes effort to learn the culture and be friendly with the clan leaders. Nwoye (Isaac) attends a teaching college. Mr. Brown becomes ill and returns to his homeland.
James Smith becomes the new Christian church's head.
He is intolerant and very strict. Violence arises after Enoch, an overzealous convert to Christianity, unmasks an egwugwu.

The egwugwu burn Enoch's compound and destroy the church because the missionaries have caused many problems to the Igbo people. After destruction of the church, the District Commisioner asks six leaders, including Okonkwo to meet him.

The men are jailed until they pay a fine of 250 bags of cowries.

People of Umuofia collect the money, and the men are set free. The
End The next day, 5 court messengers come to stop the meeting of the clansmen.
Suddenly, Okonkwo jumps forward and beheads the man in charge with his machete.
When none of the other clansmen attempt to stop the messengers who escape, he realizes that they will never go to war and that Umuofia will surrender. Everything has fallen apart for Okonkwo; he commits suicide by hanging himself. PROUDLY PRESENT

Nur Nasyitah Nadia .
Intan Liana .
Adilah Safwanah .
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