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World Lit Notes for Tuesday

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World Literature and the Human Experience
Ms. Brenda Craven
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Things Fall Apart, notes, world lit, brenda craven, 10:30-11:45 class




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Date Created: 02/12/16
Tuesday 02/09/2016 Author’s view of Chi: -spirit compliments earthly body/balance to everything -personal deity, supreme part of each human being -Destiny + Personal Commitment Plot Points of Things Fall Apart  Young Man Okonkuo (18 years) who’s well-known by 9 villages  He beats famous wrestler, the Cat  Intense person o Breathes heavily (snores) o Tough-looking description  Okonkuo’s (“Oke”) Father Unoka o Lousy with money, does not repay what he borrows o Described as tall and thin o Plays the flute: symbol of weakness, femininity o Avoids talking about bills with son  Oke wants a title in the village so he asks Unoka to repay money he owes o Oke finds out just how in-debt Unoka is  Oke grows up to be the opposite of his father in every way o Brings home human heads from war  Meeting summoned amongst men of village  Neighboring clan member has murdered the wife of Oke’s tribe member  Oke’s tribe gives murderer’s tribe choice of going to war or handing over one virgin and one young male  Since Oke’s tribe is so intimidating, the murderer’s tribe gives them the young girl and boy  Young girl becomes wife of widower in Oke’s tribe and Oke gets the young man (young man’s name is Ike)  Oke is so temperamental and overcompensates his masculinity in order to contrast from his father  Unoka (father) loses all his yams and cannot repay debts o Is rebuked by priestess o Contracts rare, humiliating disease and is carried off into the woods to die with his flute so that the earth won’t bear the shame of burying him o Oke goes to a wealthy farmer (Nwakibie) and gets a large portion of his yams  Nwakibie gives Oke 2x amount Oke was asking for  Drought destroys crops, then a flood washes everything out  Oke resents anyone who tries to comfort him  Dregs of palm wine = fertility o Oke’s new young wife drinks the wine  Yams strictly reserved for men Custom: Deal between murderer’s tribe and victim’s tribe—what does it say about Oke’s tribe?  Oke’s tribe does not necessarily want war  Perhaps his tribe is not as good as it use to be  They will, however, take compensation—smart


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