Things Fall Apart
Chinua Achebe

by

Karim Chandra

Chapter Summaries
Timeline
Chapter 1
Okonkwo shoots to fame and gains significant repute in his community for managing to throw Amalinze the Cat in a competitive cultural match.
Chapter 4
Okonkwo adopts Ikemefuna, a sacrifice from a neighboring clan, and allows Ikemefuna to live with his family.
Chapter 7
Okonkwo feels obligated to kill Ikemefuna despite his love for Ikemefuna and warnings from many members in his community to not involve himself.
Chapter 13
Okonkwo accidentally kills the young son of Ezeudu when his gun misfires. He is exiled for seven years as punishment.
Chapter 15
White explorers and missionaries arrive in Lower Niger.
Chapter 20
Nwoye, Okonkwo’s son, distances himself from his family when he decides to join the Christians.
Chapter 22
Enoch, an over-enthusiastic convert, unmasks an egwugwu or an elder dressed as one of the deities of the Umuofia. Such an act is regarded as a huge taboo and it incites a frenzied violence from the group against the Church.
Chapter 23
Okonkwo and five others answer the call of the District Commissioner, who has the men beaten, arrested, and humiliated. The Umuofia decide to take a palliative rather than an aggressive approach in response.
Chapter 24
Okonkwo misinterprets the priorities of his people, and only in his act of killing the court messenger does he realize that he has lost the support of the majority in his desire to start a war.
Chapter Summaries Table
Chapter Summary
Chapter 1

Set when the new century was rolling over, Things Fall Apart concentrates on the hero of the book, Okonkwo, and on his late father, Unoka. Okonkwo ...

Chapter 2

One night, as Okonkwo is settling on his bed, he hears the beat of a drum and the voice of the town crier. The crier summons each man in Umuofia to...

Chapter 3

As indicated by the story from Okonkwo's past, his father, Unoka, sought the Oracle of the Hills and Caves, inquiring as to why he had reaped terri...

Chapter 4

Regardless of Okonkwo's humble beginnings that were characterized by several setbacks, he has ascended up the social and economic ladder and has be...

Chapter 5

The village of Umuofia gets ready for the Feast of the New Yam, which happens just before the harvest. All yams left unused from the previous year ...

Chapter 6

On the second day of the celebration, everybody is at the village playing field to watch the wrestling challenge between men of the village and men...

Chapter 7

Nwoye and Ikemefuna spend most of their time together like siblings. In the nights, they sit with Okonkwo in his hut and provide an audience to his...

Chapter 8

For two days after Ikemefuna's demise, Okonkwo can't eat or rest; his mind returns over and over to the boy who was like a child to him. On the thi...

Chapter 9

Okonkwo at last experiences a good night's rest since the killing of Ikemefuna, when all of a sudden, he is startled by a knock on his door. His wi...

Chapter 10

This chapter is dedicated to the description of the public trial in the Igbo society. At a social event in one of the village gatherings, the elder...

Chapter 11

As Okonkwo unwinds in his hut after the night meal, he listens to the voices of his wives and children telling folklore stories. Ekwefi identifies ...

Chapter 12

After Chielo took Ezinma away, Okonkwo was not ready to rest. He made a few trips to the cave before he at long last found and joined Ekwefi holdin...

Chapter 13

 In the dead of night, the sound of a drum and a gun communicate the death of Ezeudu, a respectable man in the village. Okonkwo shudders when he r...

Chapter 14

Okonkwo arrives in Mbanta, ready to start his culturally imposed seven-year exile. His maternal uncle, Uchendu, now a village elder, invites him. U...

Chapter 15

In Okonkwo's second year in exile,  Obierika, his wonderful friend, and two other young men visit him in Mbanta. After the first experience with U...

Chapter 16

It is two more years that have passed before Obierika visits Mbanta a second time, again with unfortunate news. White missionaries have arrived in ...

Chapter 17

Chapter 17 proceeds with the tale of how Nwoye converts into a Christian. The missionaries have their camp in the Mbanta commercial center for a fe...

Chapter 18

At first, the congregation and the clan stay at loggerheads in Mbanta. The clan members, however, feel that the Christians will soon get tired and ...

Chapter 19

In spite of the fact that Okonkwo has a high status in his homeland, he feels that his seven years abroad have been squandered. He could have ascen...

Chapter 20

As early as Okonkwo's first year in exile, he had already had in mind the grand entry that he would want to have in Umuofia. Okonkwo has resolved t...

Chapter 21

Not all individuals from the Igbo community in Umuofia hate the changes occurring. The Europeans are bringing riches to the villages as they send o...

Chapter 22

The new leader of the Christian church, the Reverend James Smith, has nothing of Mr. Brown's sympathy, generosity, or accommodation. He detests the...

Chapter 23

Okonkwo is revived and feels the tribe has recovered its old ways. He has persuaded the men in Umuofia to arm themselves so they will be readied—...

Chapter 24

Okonkwo and the others are set free. Watchful clansmen don't welcome them but move out of their way. Okonkwo's male relations and companions assemb...

Chapter 25

The District Commissioner storms Okonkwo’s compound with a troop of soldiers and the court messengers. He orders to see Okonkwo, however, Obierik...

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