Does Ezinma believe in colonialism?

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Ezinma probably does not believe in colonialism. I say "probably" because she doesn't directly express an opinion about the whites. However, she does share a special bond with Okonkwo and alone among his children understands his moods. It is also true that her life has been deeply connected with traditional...

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Ezinma probably does not believe in colonialism. I say "probably" because she doesn't directly express an opinion about the whites. However, she does share a special bond with Okonkwo and alone among his children understands his moods. It is also true that her life has been deeply connected with traditional practices, stemming from her status as an ogbanje, or cursed child. The fact that she was able to correctly lead the medicine man to the site of her iyi-uwa suggests that for Ezinma the old ways are more than merely stories but are a means for her survival within the village. Her belief in them forms the basis for her close bond with her mother, Ekwefi, and her father. Ezinma goes into exile in Mbanta with Okonkwo and turns down many illegible marriage proposals because he requests that she marry within her village of Umuofia. This also suggests that village life and tradition are important to her.

For Ezinma, the issue is less "colonialism" than it is family. That is to say her status as the "good child," the only surviving child of Ekwefi, circumscribes her life. For example, I don't think it matters much how Ezinma might think of the episode in chapter 11 when, as a young child, she is taken in the night by the priestess Chielo to the cave temple of the mysterious oracle Agbala. Agbala might or might not be real, but more important is that this event unites Ekwefi and Okonkwo in their mutual love for Ezinma.

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