An Appraisal of Prof. Segun Ogungbemi’s Article on Okonkwo and the Polarities of Existence In Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart

Ikechukwu Sunday Onyibor Marcel

Abstract


This paper critically discussed issues raised by Segun Ogungbemi in his article on “Okonkwo and the Polarities of existence in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart (TFA)” in chapter eleven of his book Philosophy and Development. In the above said chapter he posited that a consideration of okonkwo’s life achievements, failures and social or traditional belief entail an existential trend by which one can philosophically posit relevant questions on human existence. Hence, he avers that the purpose of his article was to raise questions with regard to what Okonkwo represents and the lessons to learn from his understanding of human existence. Thus, he asks: Considering what Okonkwo stands for in TFA, can we say that he was happy or his life was purposeful? This paper exposed some of the problems and challenges inherent in interpreting what Okonkwo represents and lessons to learn from his understanding/misunderstanding of human existence from Igbo ontological point of view; which in my opinion his paper failed to adequately appreciate.


Keywords


Polarity; Existence; Okonkwo; Igbo; Things fall apart; Community; Ogungbemi.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/10195

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