He led her to his bed and began to undo her clothing. The first speaker laments the damage that the white man and his church have done to the clan and bewails the desecration of the gods and ancestral spirits. As he walks with the men of Umuofia, Ikemefuna thinks about seeing his mother. The introduction of the European missionaries is not presented as a tragic event—it even contains some comical elements. When Ezinma was born, like most ogbanje children, she suffered many illnesses, but she recovered from all of them. But Okonkwo, who doesn't wish to look weak in front of his fellow tribesmen, cuts the boy down despite the Oracle's admonishment.
The women and children are filled with fear even though they sense that the egwugwu are merely men impersonating spirits. The story that Ekwefi tells Ezinma about Tortoise and the birds is one of the many instances in which we are exposed to Igbo folklore. Obierika replies that he said nothing, or rather, he said things that the villagers did not understand. Although traditional Igbo culture is fairly democratic in nature, it is also profoundly patriarchal. Okonkwo fears weakness, a trait that he associates with his father and with women. Okonkwo truly repents for his sin and follows the priest's orders. Okonkwo will not talk about Nwoye, but Nwoye's mother tells Obierika some of the story.
Okonkwo takes charge of the boy, Ikemefuna, and finds an ideal son in him. Okonkwo urges Mbanta to drive the Christians out with violence, but the rulers and elders decide to ostracize them instead. Chapter 18: The church attracts the titleless and the outcasts of the village. The next day, the egwugwu burn Enoch's compound and Reverend Smith's church to the ground. For example, Okonkwo's wives frequently try to protect one another from his anger. Enoch figures as a double for Okonkwo, although they espouse different beliefs. In fact, Nwoye loves women's stories and is pleased when his mother or Okonkwo's other wives ask him to do things for them.
It presents the economic benefits of cross-cultural contact and reveals the villagers' delight in the hospital's treatment of illnesses. When Nwoye returns, Okonkwo chokes him by the neck, demanding to know where he has been. He thus combats the European tendency to see all Africans as one and the same. This strategy involves cooperation and unity among the birds. Moreover, femininity is associated with weakness while masculinity is associated with strength. We understand that, in Umuofia, manhood does not require the denigration of women.
During the Week of Peace, Okonkwo accuses his youngest wife, Ojiugo, of negligence. Someone even asks why Okonkwo killed the messenger. Okonkwo's accidental killing of Ezeudu's son seems more than coincidence. His actions are too close to killing a kinsman, which is a grave sin in Igbo culture. Obierika also brings the bad news that Abame, another village, has been destroyed by the white man. Chapter 2: Okonkwo supports three wives and eight children, a barn full of yams, a shrine to his ancestors, a hut for himself, and a hut for each wife. Although motherhood is regarded as the crowning achievement of a woman's life, Ekwefi prizes Ezinma so highly, not for the status motherhood brings her but, rather, for the love and companionship that she offers.
He has been fantasizing for many years about making a big splash with his return to his village, but the church has changed things so much that his return fails to incite the interest that he has anticipated. Okonkwo knows that his son's development is a result of Ikemefuna's influence. He remembers his former glories in battle and ponders that the nature of man has changed. The women of the village are joyous because Ezinma can now be freed from the pull of the evil spirit. As they travel to the feast, Tortoise also persuades them to take new names for the feast according to custom. He is forced into exile for seven years.
With nothing to do, Okonkwo becomes angry, and he finally comes up with an excuse to beat his second wife, Ekwefi. When Okonkwo learns of Nwoye's conversion, he beats the boy. Okonkwo sits with Obierika while Obierika bargains his daughter's bride-price with the family of her suitor. Ancestral worship plays an important role in Igbo religion, and conversion to Christianity involves a partial rejection of the Igbo structure of kinship. It begins to quench his thirst for answers that Igbo religion has not been able to provide him. Another man, Machi, pipes in that such a man passes through the village frequently and that his name is Amadi.
He asks why they cannot do it themselves, and they explain that his body is evil now and that only strangers may touch it. One such convert, Enoch, dares to unmask an egwugwu during the annual ceremony to honor the earth deity, an act equivalent to killing an ancestral spirit. Although he denigrates his emotional attachment to Ikemefuna, he seeks comfort in his affectionate friendship with Obierika. Achebe's re-creation of the complexity of Okonkwo's and Umuofia's situations lends a fairness to his writing. The burning of Okonkwo's compound displaces this anger onto his property, while Okonkwo's exile separates him temporarily from the offended community. When Unoka's resentful neighbor visits him to collect a debt, the neighbor does not immediately address the debt. Okonkwo chases him away with threats of violence.
He begins preparing a medicine of leaves and grasses and barks, while Ekwefi kneels beside Ezinma, measuring her fever. The elders decide to turn him over to Okonkwo for safekeeping and instruction. The Christians tell the Igbo that they are all brothers and sons of God, replacing the literal ties of kinship with a metaphorical kinship structure through God. They have set up trading posts, and money is flowing into the village. The wrestling begins with matches between boys ages fifteen and sixteen. In the ninth chapter of Things Fall Apart, the reader learns more about Ekwefi Ezinma is known to be an ogbanje among the villagers, so when the medicine man asks Ezinma to take him to her iyi-uwa, a crowd turns out in order to see what happens.
Obierika plans to continue to do so until Okonkwo returns to the village. Okonkwo startles her when he arrives at the cave with a machete. Okonkwo is by no means perfect. Uchendu advises Okonkwo to receive the comfort of the motherland gratefully. His rash behavior also causes tension within the community because he expresses disdain for less successful men. His act of resistance will not be followed by others.