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Things Fall Apart - Chapter 7 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 7 Summary

In the three years that Ikemefuna lives in Okonkwo's household he becomes like a brother to Nwoye, who blossoms under him. He begins to feel more grown-up and no longer sits with his mother in the evenings but with Ikemefuna and Okonkwo in his obi. Okonkwo is pleased at Nwoye's development and knows it is because of Ikemefuna. Okonkwo tells them masculine stories of violence and bloodshed, which Nwoye pretends to like, but in truth still prefers the tales his mother used to tell such as the one about the quarrel between Earth and Sky:

Sky withheld rain for seven years, and all the crops withered and died. Vulture, an emissary from Earth was sent to plead with Sky and sang for mercy. Moved to pity, Sky gave Vulture rain wrapped in coco-yam leaves. As he flew home, his talons pierced the leaves and the rain fell...

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