In Things Fall Apart, why is Obierika a kind of foil to Okonkwo?

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In Things Fall Apart, Obierika is a spokesman for the author, Chinua Achebe.  The author speaks through Obierika to comment on Okonkwo to the reader.  In this way, Obierika is reflective: he is critical of culture, and he adapts to and anticipates cultural change.

Okierika's role is evidenced first in Okonkwo's killing of Ikemefuna : he is a kind of prophet who forecasts Okonkwo's suffering.   Obierika...

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