Topics for Further Study
Pick a scene from the story, other than the robbery. Rewrite it as a short dramatic piece. Do you need to lessen Jonathon' s optimism to make the piece more dramatic? How could you expand on Jonathon's optimistic outlook through his dialogues with other characters?
Research the Nigerian civil war and its aftermath, and then compare your findings to Jonathan Iwegbu's experience. Do you think his character accurately portrays what life was like during this period?
Research Achebe' s role in Biafra during the civil war. What were your findings?
Whose attitude do you think is healthier: Jonathan's or that shared by most of his neighbors?
Explain your answer.
Imagine that you are a Nigerian visual artist. What might one of your works of art look like?
Describe it or create it yourself.