TFA Traditions

TFA Traditions

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  • .“Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and even well beyond. His fame rested on solid personal achievements” (Pg. 3). Okonkwo is introduced as a traditional Igbo man along with his traditional Igbo family. It could be theorized that Okonkwo represents the Igbo tradtions.
  • "He heaved a heavy sigh and went away with the gun" (Pg. 39). Okonkwo is a traditional Igbo man, yet he uses a non-traditional weapon. This use of a non-traditional weapon may symbolize the dangers of diffusing non-traditional tools to other societies.
  • "Okonkwo's gun had exploded and a piece had pierced the boy's heart" (Pg. 124) The gun may also be seen as a symbol of change in the Igbo traditions, as not only is it making a home in Umuofia, but it also allows for the white men to invade peacefully.
  • “He had just sent Okonkwo’s son, Nwoye, who was now called Isaac” (Pg. 182). The changing of his traditional Igbo name solidifies his leaving of Igbo traditions.
  • “‘An Umuofia man does not refuse a call,’ he said. ‘He may refuse to do what he is asked; he does not refuse to be asked” (Pg. 193). Okonkwo continues to follow the Igbo traditions even though he knows the danger of the white men.
  • “He had already chosen the title of the book, after much thought: The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger” (Pg. 209) This symbolizes the old traditions dying off as new ones take their place. Keep in mind that the old traditions symbolized as Okonkwo gave up fighting against inevitable change
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