He begins preparing a medicine of leaves and grasses and barks, while Ekwefi kneels beside Ezinma, measuring her fever. Obierika questions why a man should suffer so much for an accidental killing. Okonkwo learns an important lesson: before you chop the head off a commissioner, make sure the rest of the tribe supports your actions. Chapter 23: The district commissioner summons six men, including Okonkwo to discuss the burning of the church. Outside, he informs Okonkwo in private that the Oracle has decreed that Ikemefuna must be killed. To the elders' amazement, the missionaries rejoice in the offer.
Since Ezeudu was a great warrior who took three of the clan's four titles, his funeral is large and elaborate. Their religion also emphasizes the individual's obligation to the community. He does not particularly like feasts, because the idleness that they involve makes him feel emasculated. One of the others makes a joke, saying that he's seen such a white man—a leper named Amadi. Uchendu voices this social value when he states that the killing of the first white man was foolish, for the villagers of Abame did not even know what the man's intentions were. And they might have noticed that Okonkwo was not among the titled men and elders who sat. He feels weak, and he cannot sleep or eat.
Ekwefi, in particular, enjoys the contest because Okonkwo won her heart when he defeated the Cat. Although his aim is to convert the residents of Umuofia to Christianity, Mr. In accordance with Umuofia's law, Okonkwo and his family must be exiled for seven years. Ikemefuna cries to Okonkwo for help. Ekwefi's nine other children died in infancy. Brown - The first white missionary to travel to Umuofia.
They discuss other cultures that seem strange to them, and Obierika mentions the story of white men who have no toes. . He asked that she wait to marry in Umuofia, after his exile, to which she consented. Influenced by Ikemefuna, Nwoye begins to exhibit more masculine behavior, which pleases Okonkwo. Okonkwo went to a medicine man after Ekwefi's second child had died to see what might be the problem. Unlike the narration of Chielo's kidnapping of Ezinma, the narration of the egwugwu ceremony is rather ironic. When Okonkwo breaks the peace during the sacred week, the priest chastises him for endangering the entire community by risking the earth deity's wrath.
When Ekwefi informs him of his daughter's illness, he rushes out in the middle of the night to hunt for medicine in the woods. Afterward, there is an uproar, but Mr. Ikemefuna is homesick and scared at first, but Nwoye's mother treats him as one of her own, and he is immediately popular with Okonkwo's children. Maliciously, Parrot tells Tortoise's wife to bring out all of the hard things. Because Nwakibie admired Okonkwo's hard-working nature, he gave him eight hundred. After announcing the new policy of ostracism, the elders learn that the man who boasted of killing the snake has died of an illness.
Summary: Chapter 11 Ekwefi tells Ezinma a story about a greedy, cunning tortoise. He calls Nwoye to sit with him in his obi, but Nwoye is afraid of him and slips out whenever Okonkwo dozes. The white man speaks to the village through an interpreter, who, we learn later, is named Mr. It worked for a while but then Okonkwo and Ekwefi had been blindsided at the present point in the story with her coming down with a fever. Nwoye leaves his father's compound and travels to a school in Umuofia to learn reading and writing. The egwugwu decide in favor of Mgbafo. He develops an especially close relationship with Nwoye, Okonkwo's oldest son, who looks up to him.
Okonkwo is completely unlike his now deceased father, Unoka, who feared the sight of blood and was always borrowing and losing money, which meant that his wife and children often went hungry. Okonkwo states this to defend himself when Obierika condemns him for his actions. Soon afterward, six missionaries travel to Mbanta. Later, during a funeral for one of the great men of the clan, Okonkwo's gun explodes, killing a boy. When Okonkwo was a child, another boy called Unoka agbala, which is used to refer to women as well as to men who have not taken a title. The ozo initiation ceremony occurs only once in three years, meaning that he must wait two years to initiate his sons. One day, a neighboring clan commits an offense against Umuofia.
He then tries to shoot her. Unlike Reverend Smith, he attempts to appeal respectfully to the tribe's value system rather than harshly impose his religion on it. His increasing loss of power and prestige brings him great anxiety. When he answered her knock at his door, they exchanged no words. Ikemefuna is thus presented as a possible solution to Okonkwo's tragic flaw. Ekwefi overcomes her fear of divine punishment and follows anyway. Okonkwo eats and thinks repeatedly that Ezinma should have been a boy.
Obierika plans to continue to do so until Okonkwo returns to the village. We sense that it is a form of punishment for his earlier violation of kinship bonds. He thus combats the European tendency to see all Africans as one and the same. Ezinma enjoys the attention and leads the crowd around the village and through the nearby forest before returning to a tree near her house. He calms Ekwefi and sits with her.
He deeply regrets the changes in his once warlike people. His elevated status began in his youth when he defeats Amalinze the Cat in a wrestling match. In doing so, Ekwefi contradicts Okonkwo's ideas of femininity and demonstrates that strength and bravery are not only masculine attributes. As a result, he behaves rashly, bringing a great deal of trouble and sorrow upon himself and his family. The narrator specifies that the ceremony is for men; women watch only from the peripheries. Ikemefuna stays with Okonkwo's family for three years.