Who are the main characters in Arrow of God, and what role did they play in the story?

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The central character of Arrow of God is Ezeulu, the chief priest of Umuaro.  He has three wives and many sons, and has a domineering personality. He is blamed for many of the village's problems which have come as a result of colonialization.

Winterbottom is a British officer who strongly believes in his mission of colonialization.  He serves as a foil to Ezeulu. Despite his beliefs, he is a sensitive and practical man.

Clark is Winterbottom's assistant and overseer, and is unscrupulous and abusive in his dealings with the natives.

Okbuefi Akuebue is Ezeulu's more level-headed best friend.

Okuata is Ezeulu's first wife, who has died.  Matefi is now his senior wife, and Ugoye is his younger one.

Odogo is Ezeulu's oldest son, and Amoge is his wife.

Obika is Ezeulu's second son, and his "heir apparent"; Okuata is his wife.  Obika has a rash personality, drinks heavily, and gets in fights.  Obika dies of a fever before he can take over his father's position, an event which contributes to Ezeulu's eventual downfall.

Oduche is a lesser son of Ezeulu who has been sent away to school.

Akueke is a daughter of Ezeulu who is beaten by her husband.  Her husband is humilated and almost killed by Obika in retaliation.

A complete and detailed description of characters can be found at the enotes link below.




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