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No Longer at Ease

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Zahra Barrou

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Transcript of No Longer at Ease

Family Tree
Vocabulary Words
Chinua Achebe

" Anger against a brother is felt in the flesh, not in the bone"
"He that fights for a ne'er-do-well has nothing to show for it except a head covered in earth and grime"
This proverb is roughly related to the English proverb " Blood is thicker than water".
The proverbs both mean that the family relationships are the strongest bonds, and when a mistake is done among each other, forgiveness in the only solution.
In the book "No Longer at Ease", the proverb was used after Obi's trial, when all the men were against him except one man who defended him. He says that they are all brothers.
Unobtrusively: Adv. Acting in a manner that does not attract attention
These unobtrusive additions to your existing roof capture solar energy and create electricity.
Ne'er-do-well: N. an idle, worthless person.
He was a well-known ne'er-do-well among the Italian colony.
Putrid: Adj: rotten, foul

The smell by now was so putrid that we were all feeling ill.
Ostentatiously: (adverb) showily, with an intent to draw attention.
Examples: The royal family lives elegantly but not ostentatiously.

Other Characters
Joseph Okeke : Obi's friend and a clerk in the Survey Department. He is the one who tells the Umuofia Progress Union about Clara being an osu.
Christopher: Obi's friend who is very much like Obi in terms of education. Unlike Joseph, he was educated. The only thing that basically interests him are girls.
William Green: Director of the Civil Service and Obi's boss. He is from England and believes that all the Nigerian man are corrupt and lazy.
This proverb is related to the English proverb "
"If you want to eat a toad, you should look for a fat and juicy one."
Ne'er -do-well

Deity: (Noun). A god or goddess or something worshiped.
Example: For some people, the higher power may refer to faith in a deity.
Listlessness: (noun).
Lack of interest, energy, or spirit; languid.
Sadness and listlessness are all some causes for depression.

Furtively: (adverb).
Secretly; stealthily
The drug dealers furtively shipped the drugs to Japan.
Remonstrated: (Verb). To say or plead in protest, objection, or reproof.
The soccer players remonstrated against the red card given to their captain.
Fervently: (Adverb).
Having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm, etc.
Scientists have been searching fervently for better ways to identify cures for Ebola.
Obi Okonkwo
Issac Okonkwo
Hannah Okonkwo
Ogbuefi Okonkwo
Obi is the novel's protagonist. Chinua Achebe first introduces the character in page 1 as a Nigerian who finished his studies in England. In "No Longer at Ease", Obi came back from England to his Hometown in Nigeria, and is now living in Lagos. He is a celebrity in Umuofia because of his intelligence. " He was in fact a village celebrity, and his name was regularly invoked at the mission school where he had once been a pupil." (Page 6, line 8) At the end of the novel, Obi turns out as an irresponsible person by taking bribes even though it goes again his will. He is deeply in debt but still manages to get money, sometimes from women and sometimes from men.

Feigned: (Adjective), simulated or pretended; insincere.

Example: Her eyes widened with feigned shock.
The equivalent proverb in English is
"Pick your battles"

Both of these proverbs mean that before engaging ourselves in a battle, we must think of whether the battle is a lost or won battle. There is no point in fighting a lost battle.

This is related to the book because after all of Obi's mistakes, he learned the lesson of starting to pick his battles and take decisions that are beneficial, not harmful to him.
The English proverb
" May as well hang for a sheep as for a lamb"
is related to the African proverb.

The context of these proverbs means that if you are going to get punished for your actions, you may as well go for the big thing.

This proverb is brought up when Obi is taken to jail and men from the board start to discuss his case, whether what he did was good or bad.
"The fox must be chased away first; after that the hen might be warned against wandering into the bush"
This african is the same as saying
" First things first "
in English.

This means that we should start by the most important things or things that should be done first before moving to the next step.

This proverb was included because the men from the board did not know what to do first, they did not know whether to punish him or pay for his expenses.
"A man who lives on the banks of the Niger should no wash his hands with spittle."
This African proverb is the equivalent of the English proverb
"From those to whom much is given, much is required."
This means that once you have a lot, you are expected to do things that are in the level of what you have.

This proverb is relevant because Umuofia payed for Obi's studies in England which cost a lot, so all of the village expects Obi to be extremely successful.
Son of Ogbuefi Okonkwo in Things Fall Apart and was first introduced in page forty-two. His original name is Nwoye, but had a pretty complicated past. At a young age, he ran away from his father, joined the christian missionaries and devoted himself to Christianity. That is the reason why he changed his name. He refers himself as a "person of the church"."We are not heathens," he had said. Stores like that are not for the people of the Church"(Page: 46, line: 20). In the story, he tries to warn his son, and opposes the idea of the marriage of Obi with Clara who is an Osu.
Hannah is Obi's mother, she was first introduced in page forty-four where Obi describes his special relationship with his mother. Before Obi was born, she used to tell her daughters folk tales, but then she had to stop because her husband forbade her because she was a ''person of the church'."She was a very devout woman, but Obi used to wonder whether,left to herself, she would not have preferred telling her children the folk stories that her mother had told her"(Page 46, line 15). The only thing she wants is the best to her children and that even goes when she threatens to kill herself after hearing the engagement of Obi with Clara.
Okonkwo is Obi's grandfather. In "Things Fall Apart" Okonkwo is this very cruel man who uses violence to hide his weakness. His cruelty is shown after he shoots his own son. He was also very dedicated to his religion and refused to accept anything that came from the Christian missionaries. In "No Longer At Ease", Okonkwo is not really mentioned but is talked about.
Obi meets Clara on a boat on his way back to Nigeria.
A feast is waiting for him as welcoming, but he is improperly dressed, and gives a plane speech.
Obi goes for a job interview and is offended when he is asked if he would except bribes.
Umuofia welcomes Obi with a big feast and are glad he came back home "safe".
Obi starts working for Mr.Green.
Mr. Omo advances money to Obi so he can buy new clothes and a car.
Clara admits the reason she doesn't want to marry Obi,and he responds by saying that it's silly...
Obi talks to his dad about Clara's situation. His mom threatens to take her own life.
Clara tells Obi she's pregnant and Obi borrow money from Sam Okoli for the abortion.
The pressure started to slowly break Obi, he accepts his first bribe.Obi is arrested for taking bribes and is standing in a court house.
Details about Obi Okonkwo
Marie Tomlinson: Mr. Green's secretary. She is European, young, and pretty. She always criticizes Mr.Green just to please Obi. In "No Longer At Ease", she is seen as a hypocrite.
Other Characters
The Family Tree
Clara: The woman Obi falls in love with and wants to marry. However, he cannot because she is an osu also known as an outcast.
Character Analysis: Obi Okonkwo

Character : Obi
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