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Things Fall Apart Chapter 15.
Transcript of Things Fall Apart Chapter 15.
" And so they killed the white man and tied his iron horse to their sacred tree because it looked as if it would run away to call the man's friends" (Achebe 58-59).
" But I am greatly afraid. We have heard stories about white men who made the powerful guns and the strong drinks and took slaves away across the seas, but no one thought the stories were true" (Achebe 59). Citations. Obierika proves to a good friend to Okonkwo by bringing him cowries in hard times, and keeping him informed about news from other villages. He also tells Okonkwo to take caution, by telling him about the incident at Abame. He also gives the cowries to Okonkwo without asking any form of compensation. How Obierika proves to be a good friend to Okonkwo. " ' That is the money from your yams,'" he said. " I sold the big ones as soon as you left. Later on I sold some of the seed-yams and gave out others to sharecroppers. I shall continue to do that every year until you return. But I thought you would need the money now and so I brought it. Who knows what may happen tomorrow? Perhaps green men will come to our clan and shoot us" (Achebe 60).
" ' I do not know how to thank you.' 'I can tell you,' said Obierika. 'Kill one of your sons for me.' 'That will not be enough,' said Okonkwo. 'Then kill yourself,' said Obierika. 'Forgive me,' said Okonkwo, smiling. 'I shall not talk about thanking you any more' " (Achebe 60). Citations. The Ibo's perspective of the "white man" is a negative one. They distrust the"white man" and are very wary of his kind. This shown by the villagers of Abame running away from him in the beginging and then killing him in the end. It is also shown by Obierika stating his worry and fear that the stories of white men taking slaves away across the seas, might be true. It is usure whether Umofia's and Okonkwo's perspective is a purely negative one, but we are certain that he is wary of them and feels rather suspicious toward them. He tries to explain that is more dangerous to harm (especially kill) someone who is silent than it is to someone who shouts. There is always something inauspicious about that silence. What Uchendu Tries to Teach His Family Through the Folk Tale of Mother Kite. "Never kill a man who says nothing. Those men from Abame were fools" (Achebe 59).
" There is something ominous about the silence" (Achebe 59).
"There is nothing to fear from someone who shouts. Those men from Abame were fools" (Achebe 59). Citations. Oracle - A priest or priestess acting as a medium through whom advice or prophecy was sought from the gods in classical antiquity.
Obi - house
Ominous - Giving the impression that something bad unpleasant is going to happen.
Inauspicious - not conductive to success. Vocabulary. The "iron horse". Sacred Tree. Kola Nut. Palm Wine. Good example of figurative language. Good example of figurative language. Theme- Don't be too rash and judge people too quickly. There is foreshadowing within this chapter. It foreshadows that more "white men are going to come". Motif- The Ibo's perspective of the "white man". Example of allusion.