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Things Fall Apart Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 4 Summary

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Chapter 4 Summary

Upon first arriving in the village, Ikemefuna tries once or twice to run away, but has no idea where to even begin and soon gives up. He misses his mother and three-year-old sister, and for the first three weeks of his stay he is very ill, and often refuses to eat (on hearing this, Okonkwo stands over the boy with a stick in his hand and forces him to eat). In time, however, he becomes used to life in Umuofia, and is idolized by Okonkwo's son, Nwoye, who is two years his junior. Okonkwo too, begins to like Ikemefuna, but outwardly he treats him the same as everyone else; with disdain. Affection, Okonkwo feels, is a sign of weakness.

During that time, in the Week of Peace, Okonkwo breaks the peace by beating his youngest wife. She goes to a friend's house and does not return early...

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