Igbo Culture : The Igbo People

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Chi

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The Igbo culture relies on a man trusting his gut. As the proverb says, "When a man says yes, his Chi says yes also" (Achebe 19).

My Ideas:

The Igbo people refer their Chis their own personal god. A man should trust his own gut and mind in the Igbo society and they know that his Chi will agree with what he do. This is also saying that men should be responsible for their actions because ofthe fact that their Chi will always agree with them and cannot change their mind.

Cleanliness

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The Igbo people thought of cleaniness as godly saying, "If a child washed his hands, he could eat with kings" (Achebe 6).

My Ideas:

The Igbo people thought that cleanliness was very important. If they were clean, they were thought to have honor and they could "eat with kings" because of the cleaniness that they had.

Eneke the bird

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Humans are compared to birds when "Eneke the bird says since men have learnt to shoot without missing, he has learnt to fly without perching" (Achebe 16).

My Ideas:

In this proverb, animals are being compared to humans which is an example of folklore in Things Fall Apart. It means that the bird will rest on the tree and won 't be seen by the man that is trying to hunt the bird. Because of this, man would not be able to shoot without missing because he could not shoot in the first place.

English

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English allowed Achebe to get his writings out to the rest of the world the by "Using English [he] also allowed…
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