Honors English II
26 September 2011
Choices and consequences in Things Fall Apart
In the novel Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, Okonkwo and his people had made many choices. All of their choices had depicted what actions would later happen to themselves and others, but unfortunately most of their decisions were the wrong ones so the outcome was just as worse. So based off of their decisions, Achebe shows that with every choice made, there will always be a price to pay.
Okonkwo had made one choice that would change the way Nwoye, Okonkwo’s eldest son, viewed him forever. This choice was the one made when Okonkwo had killed Ikemafuna in the jungle to avoid being seen weak by his fellow tribesman. This affected Nwoywe because he looked up to Ikemafuna as if he was Nwoye’s older brother. The killing of Ikemafuna made Nwoye more distant from his father, which may have been a reason why Nwoye converted to Christianity.
Even though Nwoye had converted to Christianity, the church was later burned down by the egwuwu after Enoch had ripped the mask off of an egwuwu. Enraged by Enoch’s actions, the egwuwu traveled to the Christian church, and burned it to the ground. This action would later lead to the imprisonment of the six leaders of Umuofia, Okonkwo’s home tribe.
When word of the church’s destruction reached the District Commissioner, he called for a meeting with the six leaders of Umuofia. Taking precautions, the men arrived with their machetes at their side and were ready for a fight. But the men were later overpowered by the guards before a machete could’ve been drawn, and the men were in handcuffs. The leaders weren’t released until the villagers of Umuofia would pay the fine that was asked of them. After the fine was paid, the leaders immediately returned to Umuofia, and held a meeting with all of the men of the tribe. But the meeting was broken up by messengers sent by the District Commissioner,...