Step 1: Select TWO questions to answer. You will write TWO separate original posts. For each, you will click “Start a New Thread” and put your name and the question number in the subject line.
Your original post/answer will take the form a paragraph that directly answers the question, using examples from the text. You are required to include one quote from the text (with an MLA in-text citation) in each original post, to use as evidence of your analysis.
MLA in-text citations include the author’s last name and page number if there is one, for example: (Alexie 99). You will post your paragraph when complete, and then repeat the same for the second question you chose to answer. Each paragraph should be a minimum of 150 words long.
1. According to the novel, how does the Ibo culture, and Okonkwo specifically, divide up qualities based on gender, especially strength vs. weakness? Analyze a specific example from the novel to show how gender is applied to concepts other than a person’s biological sex.
2. Look up the word hubris. What does it mean and how does it apply to Okonkwo? Explain the significance of hubris in this novel.
3. Do you know what locusts usually represent in literature? If not, look it up. Now, relate the significance of locusts to this novel. In what way are the locusts in the novel foreshadowing and perhaps ironic. What is their significance?
4. How does the last paragraph in the novel change our entire understanding of the whole story? In effect, what does that paragraph, like colonialism, do to the Ibo people?