Instances of Peace and Violence in TFA By: Matt Meinertz, Hayden Loxley, Theo Mihailides, and Ryan Corry

Peace

  • New Yams
  • Peace Week
  • No war is favored among the tribe
  • “You know as well as I do that our forefathers ordained that before we plant any crops in the earth we should observe a week in which a man does not say a harsh word to his neighbor. We live in peace with our fellows to honor our great goddess of the earth without whose blessing our crops will not grow.”
  • “Age was respected among his people, but achievement was revered. As the elders said, if a child washed his hands he could eat with kings. Okonkwo had clearly washed his hands and so he ate with kings and elders. And that was how he came to look after the doomed lad who was sacrificed to the village of Umuofia by their neighbors to avoid war and bloodshed. The ill-fated lad was called Ikemefuna.”

Violence

  • Okonkwo beats his wife
  • Okonkwo kills Ikemefuna
  • Okonkwo attempts to shoot one of his wives
  • "He had a slight stammer and whenever he was angry and could not get his words out quickly enough, he would use his fists. He had no patience with unsuccessful men."
  • "Okonkwo ruled his household with a heavy hand. His wives, especially the youngest lived in perpetual fear of his fiery temper."
  • "Dazed with fear, Okonkwo drew his machete and cut him down. He was afraid of being thought of as weak."

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