Why is the story told in such a roundabout way, with digressions, folk tales, and even whole chapters (chapter five, for example) devoted merely to descriptions of everyday life?
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Answered by Aslan
Chinua Achebe wants to infuse his story with a sense of history and mythic beliefs of the Igbo people. The story is not merely about the destruction of Okonkwo but also of the Igbo culture.