Okonkwo : Okonkwo And His World

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The book starts by introducing us to Okonkwo and his world. The story takes place in a small village in Nigeria. The main character is Okonkwo, he is a tough man that everyone respects. He was a wrestler, warrior, farmer, father, and a tribe leader he is a very strong figure. Later we learn that the force that pushes Okonkwo to be this way is his fear to be like his father Unoka. Okonkwo’s father was known as a lazy coward man that died and left the village with many unsettled disputes. Okonkwo lived every day of his life with fear of becoming his father. This fear drives Okonkwo to do terrible acts. Okonkwo had a son, Nwoye. Moreover Okonkwo does not like his son because he had characteristics that made him look weak. Okonkwo saw his…show more content…
Even if it was an accident killing someone of your own tribe is a terrible crime, so Okonkwo and his family are kicked out of the village for seven years to pay for his crime. They burn down his house and crops and Okonkwo does not take it well. Okonkwo and his family go to his mother’s natal village, Mbanta. There he is received warmly by Okonkwo’s kinsmen, and his uncle, Uchendu. They help him build a new house and plant new crops to sell and get himself back on his feet. During this time Okonkwo learns about the “white men” who are taking over nearby villages. Six missionaries travel to Mbanta. Through an interpreter named Mr. Kiaga, the missionaries’ leader, Mr. Brown, speaks to the villagers about God and his religion with the intent of trying to convert them to Christianity. Mr. Brown has the audacity to tell the villagers that their Gods are unreal and that they are sinners for idolizing other Gods. Compared to the other missionaries Mr. Brown is not that evil because of his policy of not antagonizing the non-believer villagers. However, he grows ill and Reverend James Smith takes over his position. Reverend James Smith is a strict man with little tolerance and compassion for the villagers. One day, one of his followers, dares to unmask an egwugwu during the annual ceremony to honor the earth deity, an act equivalent to killing an ancestral spirit. The next day, the egwugwu burn follower’s compound and Reverend Smith’s church to the
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