Of the communal ceremony with the egwugwu, Achebe writes that "Okonkwo's wives, and perhaps other women as well, might have noticed that the second egwugwu had the springy walk of Okonkwo. And they might also have noticed that Okonkwo was not among the titled men and elders who sat behind the row of egwugwu. But if they thought these things they kept it within themselves." (Chapter 10). Why would the women keep these thoughts to themselves? What does this passage suggest about the importance of ritual in Umuofia?
This passage demonstrates the triumph of belief over logic. While it is clear that Okonkwo is "the man behind the mask," playing the...
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