What do the men of Umuofia decide to do at their meeting?
The men decide to ask Mbaino to choose between war or offering a young man and a virgin for compensation. The women have no say and don’t attend these meetings. What sad event happens to Ikemefuna?
What do you learn about why and when Umuofia would go to war?
What do you learn about why and when Umuofia would go to war? The reasons for the war had to be clear and just. The oracle had to support the war. How did Unoka die?
What choice does Umuofia Mbaino?
The Men Gather They send a messenger to Mbaino to give that village a choice: Either they send Umuofia a young man and a young woman who is a virgin as compensation for the death of the Umuofian woman, or Umuofia will declare war on Mbaino.
How does Okonkwo determine the clan not going to war?
The court messenger says that the white man has ordered the meeting to stop, and in a flash, Okonkwo draws his machete and strikes the man down. Okonkwo senses that the tribe will not go to war. He knows this because he can hear voices from his clan asking: “Why did he do it?” Okonkwo leaves.
What do the men of Umuofia decide to do in response to their leaders imprisonment?
The court messengers tell the people of Umuofia that they must pay a fine of two hundred and fifty bags of cowries or their leaders will be hanged—by upping the price these messengers will make a profit as intermediaries.
Why were 6 members of the Umuofia community leaders locked up?
Though they arrive armed – at Okonkwo’s suggestion – they fall prey to an ambush. In a move of shameful trickery, the District Commissioner has them all arrested and imprisoned.
Why did Umuofia not go to war?
The crowd behind him is in tumult, but makes no move to catch the other four kotma. Okonkwo now knows that the Umuofia will not go to war because they let the other kotma escape. He cleans off his machete and walks away.
What do the people of Umuofia Okonkwo’s village demand so that war with the village of Mbaino is avoided?
After a woman from Umuofia is murdered in the Mbaino market, Okonkwo travels to Mbaino and demands that the village surrender a virgin and a young man in order to avoid war with Umuofia. Mbaino complies, and upon return to Umuofia, Okonkwo turns the young man, Ikemefuna, over to his first wife for safekeeping.
Who forbids Umuofia to engage in war?
the book tells us that agadi-nwayi of Umuofia forbids the clan to fight “a fight of blame”, but also tells us that the conflict with Mbaino was just a war. What do you think “a fight of blame” is?
What must Mbaino do to avert war with Umuofia?
Why do the men of Umuofia meet in the marketplace after the village crier beats the message on the ogene?
Why do the men of Umuofia meet in the marketplace after the village crier beats the message on the ogene? the fine needs to be paid, or the prisoners would be hung.
How do the leaders of Umuofia respond?
The clan leaders do not respond, and the District Commissioner leaves them with the court messengers, instructing them to treat the men with respect. The white government completely ignores the laws and structures that are already in place in Umuofia.
What is the significance of Umuofia in the story?
As things fall apart, Umuofia, the village, is the symbolic center that cannot hold. Achebe suggests that many things that are true of Umuofia are true throughout the villages of precolonial Nigeria. Umuofia can thus be seen as representative of the tribal societies that have not yet been altered by colonialism.
What do the Elders of Umuofia decide to do with Ikemefuna?
The elders of Umuofia decide that the girl should live with the man whose wife was killed and that the young man, named Ikemefuna, belongs to the clan as a whole. They ask Okonkwo to take fourteen-year-old Ikemefuna into his home while the clan decides what to do with him.
Is the white man making Umuofia fall apart?
Hence we may conclude that by imposing a new government who ignores their customs, the coming of the white men are making Umuofia fall apart. Finally, culturally Umuofia also fell apart thanks to the arrival of the white man.
What is the village of Umuofia in Things Fall Apart?
The village of Umuofia is at the heart of the action in Chinua Achebe’s ‘Things Fall Apart.’ Umuofia can be seen as a microcosm of Nigerian society, an archetypal village. This lesson describes and analyzes the village’s rituals and social customs.