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What did Chielo want with Ezinma  in Things Fall Apart?

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tbrown18 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 16, 2010 at 4:01 AM via web

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What did Chielo want with Ezinma  in Things Fall Apart?

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MaudlinStreet | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted April 16, 2010 at 5:05 AM (Answer #1)

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In Chapter 11, Ekwefi is telling folk-tales to the children. Her stories are interrupted however, by Chielo's cries. She shouts at Okonkwo that "Agbala wanted to see his daughter." She awakens the girl, picks her up, & runs with Ezinma on her back through the nine villages to the Oracle of the caves. Ekwefi waits, then follows, torn between her fear of the gods and her concern for her daughter.

It is also interesting that this is one moment where we see Okonkwo not as an over-bearing, harsh task master, but a loving, devoted husband and father. He follows Ekwefi as well, and offers her comfort at the caves. He too is concerned about Ezinma, the favorite of his children. The encounter emphasizes the relationship between the spirit world and the world of the living. The night’s experience also gives Ekwefi an opportunity to reminisce about her youth and her love for Okonkwo.

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booschool | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 20, 2010 at 10:30 AM (Answer #2)

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she wanted to cure her. she brought her to the cave of Agbala

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