So if you did not speak enough times for Thursday or Friday's Socratic seminars, then you need to post your questions and responses in the comment section. Make sure to put your first and last name, as well as your hour in the name section. Remember to use text evidence in your answers. Here are some questions you can answer or post and answer your own. You can even respond to other student's questions. 1. Okonkwo is portrayed as a strong and respected man in Umuofia, but is the novel also critical of his actions and his values? Is he an upholder of Ibo culture against corrupting alien influences, or a stubborn man who refuses to recognize that his culture’s cruel practices are driving people away? Construct an argument about whether Okonkwo is a hero or an anti-hero.
2. Analyze the relationship between Things Fall Apart and Yeats’s poem “The Second Coming,” from which Achebe took his title and epigraph.
3. Is Okonkwo a tragic hero? Is Things Fall Apart a tragedy? After conducting research on some scholarly (not Wikipedia!) definitions of tragedy, construct an argument about the novel’s genre.
4. Discuss the role of proverbs, metaphors, or stories-within-the-story in Things Fall Apart. How has Achebe incorporated Ibo storytelling techniques into his novel?
5. Discuss the role of family and ancestors in Things Fall Apart. What are the relationships like between people of different generations?
If you are writing as part of participation for this QAR, then you must comment by asking a question in the comment section, then answering one of my questions, someone else's question, or even respond to a question someone asks in class (please reference which question you are responding to), and then respond (agreeing or respectfully disagreeing) with someone's comment. Label each comment with a Q, A, or R, and make sure you leave your first name, last name initial, and hour.
Discussion preface: This is a safe place to air our opinions and respect others. We are trying to understand different perspectives; not necessarily trying to change minds, but to broaden understanding. This is not about men/woman bashing—remember to be sensitive to others.