Things fall apart Quizlet

Okonkwo The novel’s main character and an influential clan leader, ______ fears becoming an unsuccessful, weak man like his father, Unoka. As a result, ______ is hardworking and aggressive, traits that bring him fame and wealth at the beginning of the novel. This same fear also causes ______ to be impatient and brash, however, leading to his eventual downfall when he can’t adjust to the changes occurring in the clan.
Unoka ______ is Okonkwo’s father. Though a talented musician in life, he was also lazy and irresponsible, accumulating many debts. _____ dies a shameful death, still in debt and without title. His death haunts Okonkwo, who vows to hate everything that his father loved, including gentleness and idleness.
Nwoye – _____ is Okonkwo’s eldest son. _____ resembles his grandfather Unoka, in that he’s drawn to gentleness and music, even though he recognizes that his father disapproves. This tension between Okonkwo and _____ leads to an eventual split when _____ becomes one of the clan members who leave the clan to join the Christians.
Ikemefuna _____ is the ill-fated boy the Mbaino sacrifice to Umuofia in order to prevent war. Ikemefuna is unaware that his father had a hand in killing one of the daughters of Umuofia and doesn’t understand why he’s taken away from his mother and sister. He settles into Okonkwo’s household for three years and comes to consider Okonkwo his true father. Nwoye looks up to _____, and the two become inseparable. At the end of three years, the clan decides that the boy must be killed, and Okonkwo deals the killing blow.
Ogbuefi Ezeudo ______ is oldest man in the village and a great orator. He warns Okonkwo not to take part in the killing of Ikemefuna, but Okonkwo pays no heed. ______ passes away shortly afterwards, and Okonkwo accidentally kills one of ______ sons when his gun splinters at ______ burial. Okonkwo and his family are exiled for seven years
Obierika ______ is Okonkwo’s close friend. He questions clan tradition at times, choosing not to take part in the killing of Ikemefuna, for example, and wondering why Okonkwo’s accidental crime should merit exile for seven years. He helps Okonkwo by selling his yams and visiting him in exile.
Ekwefi _____is Okonkwo’s second wife and the mother of Ezinma. Once the village beauty, _____ ran away from her first husband to live with Okonkwo. Ezinma is her only surviving child, and the two share a close relationship. Having lost her first nine children to death in infancy, ______ fears that she will lose Ezinma too.
Ezinma ______ is Okonkwo’s eldest daughter and Ekwefi’s only child to survive past infancy. ______ resembles her mother who was once the village beauty. She understands her father well, and he in turn wishes that she had been born a son. ______ also shares a close relationship with her mother, who considers ______ to be a companion as well as a daughter.
Mr. Brown _______, the first white missionary to travel to Umuofia, institutes a policy of respect and compromise between the church and the clansmen. He engages in long religious discussions with Akunna in order to understand the Igbo traditions, and he builds a school and a hospital in Umuofia. Unlike Reverend Smith who arrives later, ________ avoids resorting to violence and harsh methods of enforcing church beliefs, attempting to use his understanding of the Igbo faith to convert clansmen.
Reverend James Smith _______ replaces Mr. Brown after the latter departs for health reasons. Unlike Mr. Brown, _______is impatient and strict, showing no respect for indigenous customs or culture. He criticizes the way Mr. Brown interacted with the Umuofia people before his arrival, and he encourages extreme tactics to provoke change in the clan.
Akunna ______, a respected man of the clan, discusses religious beliefs with Mr. Brown. During these discussions, ______ brings up some striking similarities between their methods of worship.
District Commissioner _______ shows up in Umuofia after Okonkwo murders a white man towards the end of the novel. The _______ plans to write a book on his experiences in Nigeria, and the title he chooses—The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger—reveals his superior attitude towards the Igbo people, whom he treats as objects of study rather than as actual people with their own complex customs and beliefs.
Uchendu _______ is the younger brother of Okonkwo’s mother. ______ attempts to reassure Okonkwo after he arrives with his family in Mbanta, advising him to be grateful for the comfort his motherland offers.
Enoch _____ is a fanatical convert to the Christian church in Umuofia. While Mr. Brown disapproves of Enoch’s blatant disrespect for Igbo traditions, Reverend Smith encourages ______ provocative behavior.

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