Quotes Chapter 14

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Chapter Fourteen
If you think you are the greatest sufferer in the world ask my daughter, Akueni, how many twins she has borne and thrown away.
Culture Clash Log:
Explanation: Okonkwo is depressed after his exile to Mbanta. He credits his life as being terrible. Uchendu sees this, and tries to disprove Okonkwo by saying other people have been or live in worse. Uchendu brings up his daughter Akueni, who has thrown away many sets of twins, to show her pain in losing her children as far worse than being exiled to ones motherland.
Discussion: I do not understand why the Ibo throw away twins. What is the difference in having one child versus two? Ibo men wish to have many sons. Would it not be ideal if ones wife bore
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Brown’s successor was the Reverend James Smith, and he was a different kind of man. He condemned openly Mr. Brown’s policy of compromise and accommodation. He saw things as black and white. And black was evil.
Culture Clash Log:
Explanation: Mr. Brown has just returned to his homeland because he has fallen ill. His replacement, Mr. Smith, is far different from Mr. Brown in personality and ideals. Mr. Brown is kind and wants vast numbers for the church. Whereas Mr. Smith is a racist and wants to only have truly committed Christians in his church.
Discussion: I am appalled that Mr. Smith is racist. He is race is the minority in Umoufia, so I do not understand why he holds himself to a higher standard. What makes him better than the Ibo people? Mr. Smith should be focusing more on creating a larger church that discriminating the main race he is trying to convert. Mr. Smith might respond to my accusations by saying that white people are superior due to Social Darwinism(a popular theory). In his homeland, England, thee white race is considered superior to any other race because it is the majority. Also during his time, most of the African Americans started to enter slavery. He would also say that Mr. Brown 's methods were unproductive because he allowed unfaithful people into the
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A couple days later the District Commissioner summons leaders of Umoufia to a meeting. While the meeting seems normal, it is the exact opposite. The District Commissioner imprisons the leaders to punish them for burning down the church. The men are starved, given no water, and beaten.
Discussion: The quote made me question whether or not the District Commissioner administers equal and fair judgement. Otherwise known as his job. Why would the District Commissioner imprison the leaders of Umoufia? Does he not know this will only create more tension between the Christians and the Ibo? The Christians killed the entire city of Abame. All the leaders did was burn down one church. The Christians actions are far worse than the leaders of Umoufia, so why did they not get punished for their actions? I believe that the District Commissioner favors the Christians because he is a Christian and might also be a racist. The District Commissoner might respond by saying that leaders of Umoufia burned down the church, so they had to punished to ensure they will not burn down the church

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