Things Fall Apart Character Descriptions

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Mr. Brown

This character is the first white missionary to come to Umuofia. He gains the clan's respect through his calm nature and patience. He neither attacks the tribe's customs nor badgers them to join him. He restrains his overzealous members from harsh tactics. He simply offers education to the Umuofians and their children. The mission is flourishing when he has to leave it for health reasons.

The District Commissioner

This man arrives in Umuofia at the same time as the missionaries. He and his court messengers-called "Ashy-Buttocks" for the ash-colored shorts they wear. They try clansmen for breaking the white man's law. These white men are greatly hated for their arrogance and disrespect for tribal customs.


This forty-five-year-old woman is Okonkwo's second wife. Although she fell in love with Okonkwo when he won the famous wrestling match, she did not move in with him until she...

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