Essay on Why The Ibo Throw Away Twins?

1188 Words Sep 22nd, 2015 5 Pages
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 two sons at the same time? The Ibo people would probably respond to my claims by saying that it is unnatural to have two children and it is an offense against the gods. They believing having twins is a curse, so they have to throw the twins away to get rid of the curse.

September 10, 2015 Chapter Sixteen
“Your gods are not alive and cannot do you any harm,” replied the white man. “They are pieces of wood and stone.”
Culture Clash Log:
Explanation: The missionaries have arrived in Mbanta. The missionaries declare that the gods of Mbanta are false because there is only one god in their beliefs. The missionaries call the gods of Mbanta to be only "wood and stone".
Discussion: I do not think…

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