FRSC 200 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Ogbanje, Chinua Achebe, Falconry

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Okonkwo renowned throughout the nine villages for wrestling fame, influential
clan leader, his fathers reputation has helped to succeed.
Unoka lazy and improvident man. Okonkwo has been ashamed of him since
childhood. Clan -> coward and spend thrift. Never took title in his life. Borrowed
money from clansmen, never paid debt.
Obierka okonkwos best friend, cared for his crops in his absence/ did not want
to attend ikemefuna;s death because he claims to have had better things to do.
Nwoye left his father to follow the white man religion/Okonkwo fear he is like
unoka. Okonkwo oldest son who is believed to be weak and lazy. Beaten by
Okonkwo.
Akunna great man of Umuofia who gives his son to be taught in Mr. Browns
school, discusses Umuofian religion with Mr. Brown. Clan leader. Influence on
missionary advance advances mr. browns strategy for converting the largest
number of clansmen.
Ikemefuna sacrifices to appease the earth goddess/ describe as being a ill faded
lad. Boy given to Okonkwo by a neighboring village. Live in the hut with
Okoko’s first ife ad eoes popular ith his hildre. Close ith oye.
Chielo priestess of agbala dedicated to the oracle of the goddess agbala. Widow
with two children.
Reverend James Smith replaces mr. brown, strict and uncompromising,
stereotypical white colonialist. Demands his converts reject all of their indigenous
beliefs and shows no respect for indigenous customs or culture.
Mr. Brown white missionary who is in charge, maintains the main church in
Iguedo, gets sick and has to leave, human, respectful, liked by Umuofia. First
white missionary to travel to Umuofia. Institutes policy of compromise,
understanding, and non-aggression between his flock and clan.
Ezinma ekefi’s daughter, a ogaje or a hild ho repeatedly dies ad
reeters the o to e reor, okokos faorite hild, alled salt y oiageli
ho she has lots of ifluee oer, rystal of eauty oly hild of seod ife.
Understands Okonkwo better than any of his other children.
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The District Commissioner authority figure in the white colonial government in
Nigeria. Prototypical racist colonist. Thinks he knows everything about native
African customs
Uchendu youger rother of Okoko’s other. Reeies Okoko ad faily
warmly when they travel to mbanta.
Enoch fanatical convert to the Christian church in Umuofia.
Mr. Kiaga native turned Christian missionary who arrives in mbanta and
converts nwoye and many others.
1. When and where does the story take place? What kind of world is it?
Takes plae aroud 9’s i Uuofia ad Mata illages of the Igo trie i
Nigeria. Very poor world with men in entitlement.
2. How would you characterize Okoko’s ies of his father?
He was ashamed of him. He was known as a lazy man. He was known to the clan
as a coward and spend thrift.
3. In terms of social structure, what does Okonkwo represent?
Strongest warrior
4. Okonkwo has several children. Which is his favorite? Why? By the end of the
book, which of his children causes him the most displeasure? Why?
His favorite is Ezinma. Because she really gets him and really understands the
things hes going through. Although he did say that it was a shae that she as’t
a boy. Nwoye because he just left them to follow the white man religion.
5. Why is Okonkwo sent away from Umuofia for seven years?
He is sent away because he on accident shot and killed ezeudus 16 year old son.
Killing a clansman is a crime against the earth goddess.
6. Compare and contrast Mr. Brown and Reverend James Smith. What might
Achebe be saying about European colonialism through his portrayal of these two
characters.
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Okonkwo renowned throughout the nine villages for wrestling fame, influential clan leader, his fathers reputation has helped to succeed. Okonkwo has been ashamed of him since childhood. Obierka okonkwos best friend, cared for his crops in his absence/ did not want to attend ikemefuna;s death because he claims to have had better things to do. Nwoye left his father to follow the white man religion/okonkwo fear he is like unoka. Okonkwo oldest son who is believed to be weak and lazy. Akunna great man of umuofia who gives his son to be taught in mr. browns school, discusses umuofian religion with mr. brown. Influence on missionary advance advances mr. browns strategy for converting the largest number of clansmen. Ikemefuna sacrifices to appease the earth goddess/ describe as being a ill faded lad. Boy given to okonkwo by a neighboring village. Oko(cid:374)k(cid:449)o"s first (cid:449)ife a(cid:374)d (cid:271)e(cid:272)o(cid:373)es popular (cid:449)ith his (cid:272)hildre(cid:374).

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