Plot Overview Obi Okonkwo is a young man, about twenty-six years old, who returns to Nigeria after studying in England at a university for four years. First, Clara tells him that she cannot marry him because she is an osu, an outcast. But the Invaders finally went too far and the villagers retaliate! Nigeria was a British colony during Achebe's early years, and educated English-speaking families like the Achebes occupied a privileged position in the Nigerian power structure. So, just as it often happens in life, the one who shows the least weakness is the one who is most troubled. Clara becomes angry and breaks off the engagement, afterwards hinting at the fact that she is pregnant. Since Obi's parents live on the money Obi sends them, it's obvious who will be responsible for the hospital bill.
Obi then receives a letter from his father telling him that he must go home. Clara is portrayed as a very significant character in the novel. Twenty-six-year-old Obi Okonkwo is convicted of accepting bribes as a civil servant. Obi begins taking the bribes, monetary and sexual, that he has resisted so valiantly—and in Christopher's view stupidly. Obi begins taking the bribes, monetary and sexual, that he has resisted so valiantly—and in Christopher's view stupidly. Soon enough, Obi's finances are stretched beyond their capacity.
The novel concludes with Clara's disappearance and Obi's mother's death. To avoid an uprising, messengers for the Europeans tried to stop the meeting but Okonkwo, who has had enough, beheads one of them. Obi begins to pay a monthly sum to the Umuofia Progressive Union to pay back his school loan, and he begins to send his parents a monthly sum of money, as well as pay for his brother's school fees and his mother's hospital fees when she is sick. Achebe, however, is not as optimistic as Obi because he has Obi fail. At home, Obi's parents confront him about his engagement to Clara.
The groundbreaking novel centers on the clash between native African culture and the influence of white Christian missionaries and the colonial government in Nigeria. And, his parents tell him he must not marry Clara because she is an osu. As a result, the leader of the white government held some of the perpetrators in confinement. Obi may feel that the time is ripe to end certain cultural customs, but he has failed to understand how some traditions are so important to people that they cannot change overnight. The truth, however, is that he was terribly saddened by her death, feels terrible remorse and guilt, and has entered into a state of mental unrest.
She breaks up with him. In 1969 Achebe toured the United States with fellow writers and , lecturing at universities. Green, is a European frustrated by living in times when he cannot treat Africans as he pleases. And, at the same time, it tells us that, although he got caught, Obi is still a pioneer because he has sworn to not do it again. Okonkwo, expectedly, disowns his son. Obi's position is a difficult one. The novel concludes with Clara's disappearance and Obi's mother's death.
He does not go home for the funeral, and the U. He further insults them by wiping and shaving them. Another Africa 1998 combines an and poems by Achebe with photographs by Robert Lyons. When No Longer At Ease opens, we learn pretty quickly that the main character, Obi Okonkwo, is on trial for corruption and bribery. After an automobile accident in Nigeria in 1990 that left him partially paralyzed, he moved to the United States, where he taught at in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Obi realizes that the news of Clara — and her status as osu — has finally reached his parents. At about eight, he began learning English.
He prefers to room with an old friend than to be put up in a shoddy Nigerian-run hotel. . His boss, who testifies against him, and another British colonial official wonder. The novel was published in 1958 by Heinemann, a publishing firm that began a long relationship with Achebe and his work. Achebe died on March 21, 2013. GradeSaver, 4 June 2015 Web.
But his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of weakness. Obi is quickly given a post on the Scholarship Board of the Civil Service and is also quickly introduced to the world of bribery, which is a world he wholeheartedly rejects with a strong idealism at first. Things Fall Apart Epilogue And things go from bad to worse when a convert unmasks an elder disguised as the Umuofian ancestral spirit — a sacrilegious act. Expecting his fellow villagers to follow suit he is distraught when they allow the remaining representative to go free. Obi gives Clara an engagement ring and then considers that they are engaged. However, never forget that this book should be merely the beginning of your journey of discovery of the Other.