Things Fall Apart: Chapter 19
By Ryan Hesseltine
• - Okonkwo’s seven years of exile are drawing to an end
• -Okonkwo provides a large feast for his mother’s kinsmen.
• -Okonkwo pays Obierika to begin building two huts in his old compound
• -At the feast there is a lot of talk about the new religion being a serious
• Okonkwo vs Self: If going back to Umuofia will be the right decision.
• Young generation vs new religion: A lot of the elders fear that this new
religion is dangerous and could make a lot of the younger people in the
List of cultural norms, expectations, rituals and beliefs.
• -Okonkwo providing a thank you feast for all the people that helped him in
• - People are breaking their expectations of staying true to their own religion
by converting to christianity.
Terms and Definitions
• Omunna- a wide group of kinsmen. They use this word during the feast
referring to all the kinsmen Okonkwo invited.
• Obi- Large living quarters for head of the family. Okonkwo has to build this
by himself when he returns to Umuofia.
Connections to today
• -Elders being worried about new religions effect on younger generation
connects to elders being worried about the younger generation today.
Everything based off technology.
• - Okonkwo wanting to go back to Umuofia and regain power. Connects to
today cause most people are power hungry and like to be the best of the
• Okonkwo- in last year of exile, desperately wants to
return to Umuofia, grateful for Mbanta people but regrets
missed opportunities in Umuofia.
• Oldest Member of umunna- Wise old man who at the
feast talks about how worried he is for younger
generation and this new religion.
• 1) Do you think it’s a good decision for
Okonkwo to return to Umuofia?
• 2) Do you think people converting to new
religion is a bad thing?