In Civil Peace, how do Jonathan and his family behave after their money is stolen?

Expert Answers info

Erin DuBuque eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2018

write1,001 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Law and Politics

The short story "Civil Peace" by Chinua Achebe tells of Jonathan Iwegbu, his wife, and their three children as they struggle to survive after the Nigerian Civil War. Most stories that deal with the aftermath of wars tend to be tragic. However, that is not the case with Achebe's tale, which is relentlessly optimistic. Despite everything that has happened, Jonathan sees the positive side of the situation and states, "Nothing puzzles God." In other words, God can solve any problem.

First of all, one of their children has died, but Jonathan rejoices because he still has three of them left, and also his wife. When Jonathan sees his broken down little house, he rejoices that it is still there and quickly hires a carpenter to patch it up with scraps. He manages to save his bicycle from being stolen by burying it. When he digs it up, he uses it to create a taxi service to earn money. With the money he earns from the taxi service, he buys palm wine and opens a bar. In the meantime, his children...

(The entire section contains 3 answers and 693 words.)

Unlock This Answer Now


check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Steph Müller eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2018

write443 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, Business, and Social Sciences

Further Reading:

check Approved by eNotes Editorial

Llewellyn Kassulke eNotes educator | Certified Educator

calendarEducator since 2015

write3,263 answers

starTop subjects are Literature, History, and Law and Politics

check Approved by eNotes Editorial