Arrow of God Summary
Chinua Achebe

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Arrow of God Summary

Ezeulu, the chief priest of Ulu, watches his authority slowly erode both from within and without. While the British, through Christianity and road building, try to solidify their rule over the Igbo, the people themselves, through petty rivalries, aid and abet them, as when Ezeulu's efforts to maintain peace with the Okperi are overridden by the militant and powerful Nwafo and the British come in and settle the dispute in favor of the Okperi. Yet colonialism has brought forces to bear that men on neither side have much control over. Ezeulu has learned how to deal amicably with Captain Winterbottom, but with advancing age and the onset of illness, this relatively benign Englishman delegates his duties increasingly to the less insightful Clarke and Wright who drink late into the night and make fun of him. Among other things, they ridicule Winterbottom for his scruples about sleeping with "native...

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