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Things Fall Apart Chapter Summary & Analysis - Chapter 5 Summary

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Chapter 5 Summary

There is great excitement in the village as the Feast of the New Yam approaches. An occasion to give thanks to Ani, it is held every year before the harvest and because new yams cannot be eaten until the old are disposed of, great feasts are held where a plethora of yam dishes are prepared and eaten. Okonkwo does not enjoy the festival; he prefers to be working in the fields. Three days before the festival, his anger comes to a boil and he accuses his second wife, who had merely cut some leaves off the banana tree to wrap some food, of killing the tree. He beats her and thus satisfied calls for Ikemefuna to fetch his gun (a clever blacksmith who had lived in the village for a time had made it for him).

In spite of his considerable prowess in other areas, he has...

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