Literary Thinking 3
In the book, Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, Community is the foundation that affixes Igbo society. In order to survive, the indigenous Igbo must join together and form a pact of trust and fellowship so that they can all survive the brutal conditions of Nigeria. Achebe Writes, “All this anthill activity was going smoothly when a sudden interruption came, it was a cry in the distance: Oji odu Achu ijiji-o-o! (The one that uses its tail to drive flies away!) Every woman immediately abandoned whatever she was doing and rushed out in the direction of the cry.” (114) The Igbo woman all immediately help because they know that if something bad happened to them, the others would help them thus proving that the Igbo need each other.
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There how much hard work you do over rules indolence and failure of close relatives. But why is hard work important? Achebe writes “During the planting season Okonkwo worked daily on his farms from cock-crow until the chickens went to roost”. (Chapter 2) Okwonkwo has to work hard in order to survive the brutal conditions of Nigeria. During the planting season, Okwonkwo must grow as many yams (Or money) as he can so that he is wealthy and had respect among the people of Okonkwo’s Motherland. Therefore, Hard work in the Igbo society overrules indolence and failure of close relatives such as Okonkwo’s father.
Traditions and Ceremonies
Traditions and Ceremonies teach disciplines to the igbo people that they stay in line. Achebe writes “The Feast of the New Yam was approaching and Umuofia was in a festival mood. It was an occasion for giving thanks to Ani, the earth goddess and the source of all fertility. Ani played a greater part in the life of the people than any other deity. She was the ultimate judge of morality and conduct. And what was more, she was in close communion with the departed father of the clan whose bodies had been committed to the earth. (Chapter 5)” The igbo people worship the God Ani at the festival. She was the judge of morality and conduct teaching the igbo lessons and enforcing discipline among the igbo . Fear also teaches discipline. Achebe writes “And then the egwugwu appeared. The women and children sent up a great shout and took to their heels. It was instinctive. A woman fled as soon as an egwugwu came in sight. And when, as on that day, nine of the greatest masked spirits in the clan came out together it was a terrifying spectacle( Chapter 10)” The Igbo people feared the egwugwu when they came out. The egwugwu we like judges that enforced discipline among the tribe. If they didn’t teach discipline, then no one would have discipline so tradition is important. Therefore, Traditions and Ceremonies teach disciplines to the Igbo people that they stay in line and respect people.