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Achebe's story is about a man who, with most of his family, has survived the civil war in Nigeria. The first part of the story deals with how "lucky" the protagonist, Jonathan Iwegbu, considers...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2020, 12:55 pm (UTC)

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The title of Chinua Achebe’s short story “Civil Peace” is especially interesting because it is used in an ironic sense. The story follows Jonathan Iwegbu as he collects the fragments of his life...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2016, 7:54 pm (UTC)

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The short story "Civil Peace" by Chinua Achebe tells of a man named Jonathan Iwegbu and his family in the aftermath of the Nigerian Civil War. He retrieves his bicycle from the graveyard in which...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2020, 12:04 am (UTC)

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In “Civil Peace” Jonathan Iwegbu tries to explain to himself the complexities of life by repeating this statement four times.  Indeed, everything puzzles him, but if God understands, then one...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2007, 1:53 am (UTC)

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In addition to the literary devices already pinpointed, Achebe also uses the following: Imagery: Imagery is description using any of the five senses of sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. Achebe...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2020, 8:08 pm (UTC)

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Jonathan Iwegbu's attitude toward life can be summed up with very cheerful and optimistic words. He is spiritually attuned. He is trusting. He is grateful and thankful for small mercies, like the...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2016, 3:08 am (UTC)

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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...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2019, 1:59 am (UTC)

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In Chinua Achebe's short story "Civil Peace," he juxtaposes the details of the buried bicycle and of the buried son to emphasize the effects of the Nigerian Civil War that plagued the country from...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2020, 5:11 pm (UTC)

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The main conflict concerns the band of thieves attempting to steal money from Jonathan Iwegbu in the middle of the night. Following the Nigerian Civil War, Jonathan Iwegbu is fortunate to have a...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2018, 4:32 pm (UTC)

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In the short story "Civil Peace" by Chinua Achebe, Jonathan Iwegbu, his wife, and three out of his four children survive the Nigerian Civil War, and he is extremely grateful. Throughout the story,...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2020, 7:26 pm (UTC)

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In Civil Peace by Chinua Achebe, Jonathan Iwegbu receives twenty pounds from the Treasury in exchange for all the rebel money that he had aquired and saved. At first, Jonathan is extremely happy...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2020, 6:05 pm (UTC)

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Jonathan Iwegbu is optimistic, proactive, and pragmatic. We see his optimism in the fact that he still considers himself and his family to be lucky, even in the aftermath of a civil war and the...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2021, 1:51 pm (UTC)

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Jonathan appears to value most the things given to him, as an individual, by God. He has lived through the war and considers himself lucky to have come out of it with "five inestimable...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2008, 3:23 pm (UTC)

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In the story, Jonathan mistrusts the officer because the officer seems insincere. To Jonathan, the insincerity of the officer is demonstrated through the lack of firmness in his handshake and the...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2018, 2:38 pm (UTC)

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In Chinua Achebe's story “Civil Peace,” Jonathan, his wife Maria, and three of their four children have just survived a civil war. Jonathan is grateful for his family, for his bicycle, for his home...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2021, 1:06 am (UTC)

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The short story "Civil Peace" by Chinua Achebe tells of a poverty-stricken family of five attempting to survive in the aftermath of the Nigerian Civil War. The father, Jonathan Iwegbu, is always...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2019, 7:35 pm (UTC)

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The setting of Civil Peace by Chinua Achebe is similar to that of "The Lesson" by Toni Bamabara. Civil Peace is set in eastern Nigeria, after the civil war there. Many people have lost their jobs...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2010, 12:58 pm (UTC)

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The easiest way to answer this question would be to appeal to postcolonialism as a way to analyse this excellent short story. Clearly, Chinua Achebe is an author who is famed for being a...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2011, 9:45 pm (UTC)

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In the short story "Civil Peace" by Chinua Achebe, a family of five struggles to survive in the aftermath of the Nigerian Civil War. The father, Jonathan Iwegbu, is always hardworking, hopeful, and...

Latest answer posted October 24, 2019, 7:23 pm (UTC)

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Before the war, Jonathan had been a miner with the Coal Corporation. After the war, he and his family turned to a variety of odd jobs to survive. Jonathan had managed to hold on to a valuable...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2009, 1:23 am (UTC)

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The egg-rasher money and how people respond to it are central to Chinua Achebe's story "Civil Peace." The egg-rasher is a government payout that the characters, including the protagonist Jonathan,...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2021, 4:31 pm (UTC)

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From the beginning of the story, Jonathan Iwegbu's resilience and enthusiasm for life are readily apparent. The text reveals that his indomitable courage is sustained by his faith in God. The story...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2020, 8:19 pm (UTC)

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The short story "Civil Peace" takes place in the aftermath of the Nigerian civil war that occurred from 1967 to 1970. Jonathan Iwegbu, the main character, is happy to have survived the conflict...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2019, 7:12 pm (UTC)

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Jonathan Iwegbu is the protagonist in Chinua Achebe’s short story “Civil Peace.” This story was written shortly after a three-year-long civil war in which Nigeria’s Ibo people attempted and...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2016, 4:34 am (UTC)

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Jonathan lost one of his children, a son, during the recent war. Despite this personal tragedy, he still feels himself to be incredibly lucky. He knows all too well that many people in this long...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2020, 10:39 am (UTC)

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“Civil Peace” by Chinua Achebe has its main character an optimist. Jonathan Iwegbu from the first word of the story has a surprisingly happy outlook despite the hardships he and his family and the...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2013, 12:35 am (UTC)

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This will be a matter of interpretation. I think that Achebe feels that Jonathan did the right thing by giving the money. Achebe's focus is on Jonathan's work ethic and his willingness to rebuild...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2013, 1:19 pm (UTC)

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After Nigeria achieved independence, political conflicts eventually led to a civil war that began in the late 1960s. After it ended, the character of Jonathan in Chinua Achebe’s story is released...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2019, 6:36 pm (UTC)

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There are quite a few examples of "happy survival" in the story. For example, we learn that Jonathan Iwegbu lost a child during the war. However, Achebe reports that Jonathan refuses to dwell on...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2018, 8:27 pm (UTC)

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Jonathan is one of life's optimists, a man who always counts his blessings. And when you think about it, it's not hard to see why. His country, Nigeria, has just come through a long and bloody...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2020, 11:53 am (UTC)

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Mid-way through the story, Jonathan and his children are awoken one night by a knocking at their door. The knocking is "so loud and imperious that the rickety old door could have fallen down." When...

Latest answer posted November 23, 2019, 2:21 pm (UTC)

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One reference to Nigerian African culture found in Chinua's short story titled "Civil Peace" is Biafran money. The term Biafran refers to the Republic of Biafra, a state in south-eastern Nigeria...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2015, 6:33 am (UTC)

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Jonathan and his family had been forced to vacate their home in the city because of war, and after it ended, they returned. They not only rebuit their house, but forged new lives. The city remained...

Latest answer posted October 3, 2019, 5:00 am (UTC)

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Chinua Achebe's short story "Civil Peace," through symbolic characters, explores the climate in Nigeria shortly after the Nigerian civil war. Though the war has ended, a new type of uncertainty and...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2019, 9:26 pm (UTC)

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The Nigerian Civil War (1967–70) was a particularly bloody, bitter conflict that claimed the lives of millions, most of them through starvation. Under the circumstances, then, Jonathan Iwegbu...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2021, 12:31 pm (UTC)

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The writer uses local color to help pain a picture in the reader's mind about how the place described looks and perhaps importantly, feels. Some examples from the main characters could be that the...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2007, 5:57 am (UTC)

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Jonathan is remarkably stoic in the wake of the theft of his family's money. Most people would be in despair at such a calamity, but not Jonathan. Despite the fact that it took a lot of hard work...

Latest answer posted August 26, 2019, 9:09 am (UTC)

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When Jonathan discovers his damaged house in Enugu, he is surprisingly overcome with feelings of gratitude. Even though the doors, windows, and roof of the house are missing, Jonathan counts...

Latest answer posted October 29, 2015, 4:53 pm (UTC)

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[The stories' meanings may be perceived in different ways by different people. The best references I can give are specific examples from each story.] In Toni Bamabara's short story "The Lesson,"...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2010, 12:07 pm (UTC)

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The setting of Civil Peace by Chinua Achebe is different that that of "The Lesson" by Toni Bamabara. In Civil Peace, the story takes place in Nigeria. A civil war has just ended. People are trying...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2010, 1:23 pm (UTC)

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In Toni Bamabara's short story "The Lesson," and Chinua Achebe's "Civil Peace," I believe that both protagonists can rise above their circumstances. The biggest difference is the age of the two...

Latest answer posted December 4, 2010, 9:39 am (UTC)

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