Discuss your thoughts with your classmates. Consider the following prompts.
- Okonkwo’s self-esteem seems to be founded on his prominence and success in the culture that he knows; consider how colonialism—which would completely restructure the way Umuofian society functions—could affect the self-esteem of Okonkwo and others.
- Discuss the results of the arrival of white men in Abame—was Okonkwo correct, and should the villagers have armed themselves? If not, what should they have done instead?
- Is there a way of restoring balance when your culture is being invaded or taken over?
- What might the pros and cons of fighting back be?