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Chapter 1

posted Oct 18, 2011 19:13:32 by zraymond@hinghamschools.com
Unoka is described as a failure in Chapter 1. What does his identification as a failure tell the reader about the obtainment of success in the village? What does his failure tell the reader about “being a man” in Ibo society?
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CIARA03 said Oct 23, 2011 20:10:13
Unoko's description as a failure portrayed him as a shame on the culture of the Ibo. The embarrassment the tribe had for Unoko illustrates that success was extremely important and valued in their society. Unoko had no money, no titles, only one wife, and was a coward. His son, however, had married three times, become wealthy, obtained titles, and was a famous fighter. The people admired him and saw him as a "true man" because of his success. Unuko's lack of achievements made people look down on him and see him as unsuccessful. "People laughed at him because he was a loafer". Unoko was musical and expressed individuality, which wasn't valued in the Ibo culture. Being a man meant that he had to work hard and be very successful.
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