Things Break Down Chapter Summary 1 through 13
Things Fall Apart starts with the intro of Okonkwo, a young man famed throughout for his strength along with other personal accomplishments. At the age of eighteen, he had actually brought honor to his village by toppling Amalinze, the feline. Okonkwo was a tall man, with bushy eyebrows and a broad nose. His father, Unoka had constantly been a failure and a debtor. He was more interested in playing his flute than operating in the fields. Because of this, his household never ever had enough to consume and he became a source of embarassment to Okonkwo. Once when a neighbor called
Okoye had actually concerned him to request him to return his cash, Unoka had laughed at him and stated that he would first pay the others whom he owed more cash. After his daddy’s death, Okonkwo, though young, won popularity as the greatest wrestler. Since then, he has ended up being a rich farmer, with two barns filled with yams. He likewise had 3 other halves and two honorific titles and was an excellent warrior. Everybody respected him in the town for his accomplishments. Chapter 2 Okonkwo had just prepared for bed when the town crier’s voice is heard. The message is that every man of Umuofia is to meet at the market place the following morning. He wonders hether Umuofia will fight and thinks how fearful his father was of war and how he himself has been an excellent warrior in the past, bringing home his 5th human head. The next early morning, the market has lots of people, and Ogbuefi Ezeugo, a powerful orator, notifies them that a child of their town had been murdered by some men from Mbaino, the adjoining village, when she visited its market. A warning is given to Mbaino, asking them to choose in between war and an offering of a young man and a virgin as payment. Okonkwo is sent to negotiate. Umuofia is extremely feared by its neighbors for its power; therefore Mbaino hooses the latter proposal and Ikemefuna, a young lad of fifteen and a virgin are sent to Umuofia. The lady is sent to the murdered female’s hubby to replace her and Okonkwo is requested to keep the lad for the time being while the villagers choose what to do with him. Okonkwo hands over the lad in the care of his most senior other half, mother of his oldest child, Nkoye. Ikemefuna is scared, as he does not comprehend why he has actually been separated from his household. Chapter 3 This chapter exposes more information of Okonkwo’s father’s failings and his validation for despising him as he does.
At a drawback, Okonkwo had not acquired a barn from his daddy like other young men and needed to start with nothing. Once on a journey to the seek advice from the Agbala, the Oracle of the Hills and the Caves to find out the reason for his miserable harvest, Unoka was informed that it was since of his laziness and not due to the fact that he had actually upset the gods. Unoka was so ill-fated that even his death was an undignified one. He passed away of a swelling in his stomach and his limbs, a type of illness that led to his banishment. Therefore, he was brought into the forests and delegated die. This made Okonkwo feel much more embarrassed of his dad.
Another story exposes Okonkwo’s first signs of aspiration and the desire to outlive his daddy’s legacy. While still young and supporting his mother and sisters, Okonkwo approached a wealthy male, Nwakibie, to earn his first seed yams. Nwakibie gave them to him, understanding him to be trust-worthy and difficult working. It was Okonkwo’s bad luck that there was a great drought that year followed by extremely heavy rains. Both of which added to the failure of the season’s harvest. But Okonkwo was a fighter and he survived that year. Chapter 4 Okonkwo was appreciated by all for his industry and success.
In the beginning the kid was afraid, and missed his family. However being a young boy of a dynamic nature, he gradually ends up being a part of Okonkwo’s home. Okonkwo’s son Nwoye was always with him anywhere he went. Okonkwo also becomes fond of him, however he never shows his feelings, as he considers affection to be a womanly indication of weakness. When Okonkwo goes to his fieldsto plant the harvest, he takes Nwoye and Ikemefuna with him but he rebukes them if they are slow in comprehending what he desires them to learn quickly. When the rains start fantastic care needs to be taken of the young plants.
The kids then relax the cooking fire telling stories, or they sit with their daddies, roasting and consuming maize. It is during the duration of rest that the relationship in between Ikemefuna and Nwoye ends up being even more powerful. Chapter 5 The Feast of the New Yam is now approaching. It occurs just before the harvest and is a celebration of thanksgiving to the earth goddess, Ani. The night prior to the banquet, the old yams are disposed of and on the new year, all the cooking pots are completely cleaned before being used for the new crop. Yam foo-foo and vegetables soup is prepared.
Visitors are welcomed to engage of the food. The walls of your house are decorated with designs and the females and children anoint and decorate themselves. Okonkwo is not extremely enthusiastic about the banquet. He would rather work in his fields. His reduced bitterness relating to the feast takes off when he thinks that someone has cut one of his banana trees. When he finds that the perpetrator is his second other half, Ekwefi, he beats her and then shoots at her with his weapon however thankfully, he misses out on. In spite of Okonkwo’s outburst, the celebration is commemorated with terrific delight by his family. On the 2nd day, here is a fumbling contest in which Okonkwo gets involved. Okonkwo’s wives prepare the evening meal and the food is served by each of their children. Among his daughters, Ezinma, goes over the forthcoming fumbling contest. Okonkwo is particularly fond of this child, but as normal does not show his love for her. Chapter 6 The fumbling contests are to be hung on the second day of the festival. Everyone from the town gathers to see these contests, as they are great sources of pride for the villagers. It starts with kids of fifteen or sixteen who offer some home entertainment prior to the more major matches.
One of the winners is the child of Obierika, a friend of Okonkwo. Ekwefi, Okonkwo’s 2nd wife, loves the battling matches and keeps in mind how she fell for Okonkwo when he beat the terrific wrestler, Cat. Although she was married at the time, she left her other half once she found out Okonkwo had sufficient cash to marry her. Ekwefi fulfills Chielo, the priestess of Agbala, the oracle, who inquires about her child’s health. The last match is between Okafo and Ikezue, the leaders of the groups. The earlier year, there had actually been a draw as they had the very same tyle of fighting however this time, a fierce match occurs and Okafo wins the match. The people sing his applauds, carrying him on their shoulders. Chapter 7 Ikemefuna has been living in Okonkwo’s family for three years now. He is like an older bro to Nwoye and has actually taught him how to be more manly. Okonkwo is pleased that Nwoye is developing quick into manhood and he motivates both young boys to be masculine and violent. He informs them stories of conquest and violence and they all make derisive comments about ladies. Nwoye takes part in these activities yet still enjoys his mom’s stories more than his father’s et he attempts to please him and so goes to his hut in the evening. Months pass, and then the locusts show up in the town. This arrival is an unanticipated one, but individuals rejoice due to the fact that locusts are thought about to be extremely tasty and delectable. When the locusts swarm in and cover the entire location, the villagers slowly sneak out and gather as lots of locusts as they can capture during the night. They are then roasted and spread to dry. It is then eaten with palm oil. Nwoye is awfully disturbed by the death and feels comparable to the time when he had been crossing the forest and heard a thin wail of an infant.
Nwoye had actually known that twins who were born were thought about evil and were concealed in earthware pots and thrown into the forest. Hearing the wail, something had paved the way inside him. Hearing of Ikemefuna’s death, the same sensation increases in him. Chapter 8 Okonkwo is unable to forget Ikemefuna and drowns himself in palm-wine to mitigate his sorrow. When his child Ezinma brings him food, he discovers himself wanting that she were a boy. He scolds himself for being so weak and lamenting Ikemefuna’s death. Finally, after 3 days he rouses himself from his sorrow and goes to meet his good friend Obierika.
Obierika’s child Maduka had actually won in the fumbling fight and is an appealing lad and worthwhile of his dad’s pride. Obierika had actually refused to accompany the remainder of the town in eliminating Ikemefuna. On being asked why, he responds that he “had something much better to do,” which this deed would not please the Earth because of the males’s actions. But Okonkwo disagrees with him. At that point, Ofoedu enters with the news that an older, Ogbuefi Ndulue of Ira village had actually died but the drums had not been beaten due to the fact that his relied on other half Ozoemena, hearing of her partner’s death, had actually died too.
According to custom, Ndulue’s funeral was to be held back up until his wife’s burial. The 2 men disapprove of the close relationship that this man had with his other half and wonder how such a warrior in battle could be so weak in his marriage. They also discuss the loss of status that opts for one of the titles for tapping red wine out of palm trees. Feeling much better after their talk, Okonkwo goes home, and then returns in time to help Obierika plan on the marriage-price of his daughter. The child, Akueke has actually been appropriately dressed for the occasion. The dowry is bargained pon and settled at twenty bags of cowries. Food is then generated and the males make small talk. The very first reference of the white male is made, however it is more in jest as the word for leper means “white skin.” Chapter 9 Okonkwo lastly sleeps well after three nights but is stired out of his sleep by Ekwefi, his second wife, who tells him that his child, Ezinma is passing away. He heads out to gather leaves and bark to relieve the child’s fever. Ezinma is the center of her mother’s world as Ekwefi has actually suffered a great deal, having lost nine children in infancy. They had actually tried all hello might to find what the problem is however all the medicine man might state was that she kept giving birth to an ogbanje, a kid who dies young since an evil spirit possesses it and re-enters the mother’s womb to be born once again. By the time Ezinma was born, Ekwefi had lost her will and accepted her fate with resignation. When she lived for six years, her mother realized that she may remain and enjoyed her with all her may. She thought that her troubles had ended when Ezinma’s iyi-uwa was uncovered, and now she is ill again. The iyi-uwu was expected to break the connection in between the objanje world and
Ezinma. Okonkwo generates a package of grass, leaves, roots and barks of medical trees, puts them in a pot and boils them. Once it is prepared, he rouses Ezinma and makes her sit beside the steaming pot to breathe in the steam. A mat is tossed over her head. When the mat is removed, she is bathed in perspiration. Quickly she falls asleep after resting on a mat. Chapter 10 A really dramatic public event is explained in information that includes portioning justice. On the town commons, folks collect, with senior citizens sitting on stools and the rest of the town males behind them.
9 stools are put for the egwugwu to sit. Egwugwu represent the spirits of their forefathers and are appreciated members of the neighborhood who can give justice in trials. Women base on the edges of the circle, searching in the instructions of the egwugwu house. A gong is loudly blasted and the guttural voice of the egwugwu is heard. When he makes his appearance, it is very significant as he wears a fearful looking mask and pretends to scare the women. Together with him, 9 other masked men emerge. Okonkwo’s spouses discover that a person of the egwugwu strolls with a springy step such as Okonkwo does.
They also discover he is missing from where the seniors sit. After discussion among the egwugwu, Evil Forest returns with a verdict. He informs Uzowulu to bring wine to his wife’s family and beg his other half to return to him. He likewise reveals disgust at Uzowulu’s cowardice in beating women and askes him to accept his brother-in-law’s deal. Later on, one senior citizens talks about the insignificant nature of this case and another states that Uzowulu would accept any decision other than the egugwu. Next a land conflict is gone over. Chapter 11 One night, Ezinma and her mom are being in their hut having their supper.
Ekwefi is telling a story about a tortoise and birds which describes why the tortoise’ shell is unequal. When she ends up, Ezinma begins her story. Half way through, she has to break off because they might hear Chielo, the priestess of Agbala prophesying, and contacting us to Okonkwo. Chielo then enters the hut and demands talking Ezinma with her given that Agbala wanted to see her. Bring Ezinma on her shoulders, she removes into the hills. Ekwefi follows her doggedly, though the path is very unsafe and dangerous. Finally they reach the caves and Chielo enters with Ezinma. Ekwefi is rightened of what might be occurring within. Behind her, she hears a footstep, and discovers Okonkwo, who has actually followed behind her. Both of them wait together outside the cave for Chielo to come back, and Ekwefi is grateful for his presence. Chapter 12 Okonkwo and Ekwefi wait on Ezinma’s exit from the cavern however it is not till the morning hours that Chielo appears with Ezinma. She doe not acknowledge either of them, but just strolls straight to Ezinma’s hut and puts her to bed. The moms and dads follow behind. That day there is a festive air in the community as Obierika is commemorating his child’s uri, a art of the betrothal event, where the groom brings the palm-wine for the bride’s household, her kin, and extended family. Every household brings some food to the wedding home and the bride-to-be’s mom is responsble for preparing the food for everyone. Tripods are exacted for the fire, and food is being prepared by the females. Ekwefi is tired from the night before and waits till Ezinma awakens and consumes breakfast. Okonkwo’s other partners delegate assist prepare the food. By afternoon, two pots of palm-wine arrive from the in-law’s home. Later on, the in-laws show up each carrying a pot of white wine.
In all, fifty pots are gotten which is a respectable number. Kola nuts are used and the betrothal is completed. A terrific banquet is set out and everybody takes part in it gladly. In the night, the young men begin singing, the bride dances and everybody is gay. Chapter 13 In the middle of the night, the noise of a drum and a cannon reveals the death of Ogbuefi Ezendu, the oldest guy in the clan. Hearing this, Okonkwo remembers his last words to him about Ikemefuna and shudders. The entire village goes to the funeral service as Ogbuefi was a male with three titles, an accomplishment that was rare.
Given that he was a warrior, the funeral service is plentiful in warriors, dressed in raffia skirts. Every now and then an egwugwu spirit makes its looks from the underworld. A few of them are quite violent and scary and often threatening. The most frightening one is shaped like a casket, and a sickly smell originates from him. The funeral service is extremely befitting of a noble warrior. Prior to the burial the warriors dance, drums are sounded and guns are fired. A frenzied sensation fills the air as individuals complain the loss of Ogbuefi. The air is full of the odor of gunpowder. In the midst of this event, a cry of agony is heard.
Ezudu’s child is discovered lying dead in the crowd shot by Okonkwo who fired his gun and accidentally hit pierced the young kid’s heart. Okonkwo knows that killing a member of one’s own tribe is a criminal offense versus the Goddess of the Earth and for that reason he is banished from his village for seven years. He and his family escape to the town of his mother called Mbanta. After daybreak, the males, worn clothes of war, set fire to his home, not due to vindictiveness, however to cleanse the land that Okonkwo had polluted. Obierika, his pal, mourns his good friend’s calamity. v