Things Fall Apart - Study Guide Part 2 Chapters 16-17 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter Sixteen

In Chapter Sixteen, two years later, Obierika visits Okonkwo to tell him that missionaries have come to Umuofia. These new missionaries have converts, but none of them are men of power in the clan. It is believed the new religion will not last. Obierika, however, has seen Okonkwo’s son, Nwoye, with the missionaries. Okonkwo will not talk about Nwoye but the boy’s mother tells the story. When the white men had come to Mbanta all the people had gone out to see them. The man tells them that their gods are false. The men laugh. At the end of his talk, Okonkwo is determined that the man is mad. Nwoye, however, likes the poetry of the religion.

Chapter Seventeen

In Chapter Seventeen, the missionaries ask the rulers of Mbanta for a place they can build a church. Uchendu decided to give the...

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