This is a 2008 PBS interview with Chinua Achebe, 50 years after the publication of Things Fall Apart. There are no subtitles but he speaks VERY slowly and clearly. Enjoy!
- Why did Achebe write Things Fall Apart?
- Why did he set it at the time of first contact?
- How can fiction be true?
- What is Achebe’s personal relationship to Christianity?
- How does he explain the book’s succes?
- What is the connection between colonial literature and the slave trade?
- Does the interview make you think differently about the book?
This week we are finishing the book – congrats if you have made it to the end!
- Who is Mr. Brown?
- What is his strategy in Umuofia?
- Why does Enoch succeed in Mr. Smith’s community?
- What does Enoch do to the egwugu?
- What are the consequences of his actions?
- How does the British administration react to the clan’s actions?
- What happens when the clan leaders return to the village?
- Why does Umuofia not follow Okonkwo’s lead?
- Why do you think the final chapter is written from the perspective of the district comissioner?
Read chapter seventeen to nineteen. Answer the questions:
- Why do you think that the missionaries are able to convert people from Mbanta?
- What is Okokonkwo’s reaction when Nyowe converts?
- What causes conflict between the Christians and the village?
- How do Okonkwo’s elder kinsmen feel during the feast?