In this lesson, learn about the character Obierika and test yourself with a quiz. The novel follows its protagonist Okonkwo as he navigates the changing. Comparing Okonkwo and Obierika. Examining male SZ MYR Check-In. Discussion questions and summary for Four Seasons article. Obierika is a powerful clansman who is one of Okonkwo's closest friends. Although he is a strong believer in the tribe's religions and traditions, he questions the.
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He was forewarned by the wise Obierika who warned him sternly: Okonkwo had no such tact. He then realised that he was all alone, as the entire Umuofia recoiled at his action.
He chose the abominable part to end his life; suicide, and like his father Unoka that he hated passionately, ended up in the evil forest. Once again the Igbo question, the Biafran question and the structure of the relationship that should exist between the constituent nation states of Nigeria has been forcefully thrust into national discourse.
Reflective reasoning is clearly not their strongest point.
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They threaten mayhem at the least prompting. They profess that they are peaceful and have actually tried to reflect this peaceful nature in their actions, as they have never been accused of armed-violence by the security agencies.
But their rhetoric is far from peaceful.
Name it, and they will curse it. They clearly have scant regard for the more reflective Obierikas in the Igbo nation. For them these people are saboteurs and turncoats and deserve nothing but contempt. The Obierika school of thought is comprised of a motley crowd of intellectuals, pseudo intellectuals, Igbo elite and wise old men who have seen war first hand and do not have the stomach for any type of crisis.
Unlike the Okonkwo group that has a military style command structure, with Nnamdi Kanu as the supreme leader. The Obierika group has no defined leader, but has several champions.
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The nearest person to a leader is the highly urbane Ohaneze leader, John Nnia Nwodo and his celebrated gift of the garb. This struggle between these two distinct approaches to grave national issues is not a peculiarly Igbo thing. Unfortunately, the panacea to reducing their anger was the act of state of allowing them access to huge state funds. That at least guaranteed peace. In the South West, following the triumphalism of the elections, the Obierikas are in firm control.
Obierika is a strong, level-headed man of the same village, Umuofia, as the novel's protagonist Okonkwo.
Okonkwo and Obierika
The two are great friends, despite being complete opposites -- or foils of one another. But we'll get into this later!
Obierika has several wives and many children, which is the custom of Umuofia, and though he greatly respects the traditions of his culture, he's also forward-thinking and level-headed enough to realize that Umuofians could learn a thing or two from the outside world. Obierika also treats people fairly, is kind and just in dealing with his family, and shows himself to be an excellent friend and confidante.
He's rational, and he reasons out his actions before doing anything. He's curious, too, and is interested in the British colonists who come to Umuofia.
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He's honest and fair, shown by his trade dealings and business interactions. Obierika, because he's a real stand-up guy, is greatly respected within Umuofia. To that list, you can add Obierika and Okonkwo. As mentioned before, the two are great friends, but almost complete opposites, and this can be seen numerous times throughout the novel. Obierika often doesn't approve of Okonkwo's actions and even counsels him against acting the way he wants to, but he's always there in the end to comfort and help his pal.
For example, when Okonkwo joins the party of men who will take Ikemefuna, the boy from another village who has been taken into Okonkwo's home, out into the jungle and slaughter him, Obierika wholeheartedly disapproves.
However, who do you think is there after Okonkwo, out of fear and desire to prove his manhood, kills the boy with his own machete?
Yep, Obierika comforts and consoles his friend, without mentioning his disapproval. Obierika also helps Okonkwo when his friend is exiled for accidentally killing a boy; he sells Okonkwo's yams and gives Okonkwo the money.