ENGL 2210 World Literature II
Achebe: "Things fall apart" Study Guide, Chapters 10-12
- Describe in some detail who the egwugwu are and what their function is in Ibo society. Do we have any equivalents in our society?
- What is the purpose of the meeting?
- How is the problem resolved? What do you think of this way of resolving the problem? How are such problems resolved in our society?
- This chapter deals with the Ibo way of resolving interpersonal and marriage conflicts. Although the Ibo have no written laws, they do have a way of resolving their problems. You should be aware that this is how problems are resolved even today in many non-Western societies around the world. And it seems to work. Why does it work for them, and why do you think it may not work for a Western society?
- What do you think is the moral of the story that Ekwefi tells her daughter Ezinma?
- Chielo comes and tells Okonkwo that Agbala wants to see Ezinma. Why are the parents frightened? Why do you think they don't refuse to hand over Ezinma?
- The narrator says that Chielo was not a woman that night. Than what was she?
- How do you explain a female priestess in a male oriented society?
- In the last paragraph we find out how Ekwefi got married to Okonkwo. Do you think it's unusual?
- This chapter is a description of a wedding ceremony. Who is invited? Compare to how invitation lists are made in our culture. What is the significance of who is in an invitation list?
- Who are the central figures in the ceremony?
- The dialogue at the bottom of page 2911 is something like a "toast". What does it say about what the Ibo consider important in marriage?
Compound is "busy as an anthill".