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There has always been the controversial question of weather gods existSome say that gods are ever present in the world and help people workthrough their struggles Others say that there is no such thing andthat it is humans who determine their own fate In the story Things FallApart by Chinua Achebe gods play a pivotal role in the life of theIbo In the story gods play an especially important role in the livesof Okonkwo and his father Unoka The chi or personal god representsand affects the individual With the constant reappearance of chithroughout Things Fall Apart it is clear that it influences the plot ofthe story the characters of the story and helps convey a theme of thestory The culmination of Unokas laziness and his bad chi causes him to beseen as unsuccessful in the eyes of the Ibo conveys an important themeand influences the personality of Okonkwo which in turn influences theplot Towards the beginning of the story Unoka is puzzled about why hisyams are not growing He goes to the priestess to find a reason why Shesays Unoka you are known in all the clan for the weakness ofyour machete and your hoe 17 He then leaves the priestess andthe narrator reflects on Unoka Unoka was an ill-fated man He had abad chi or personal god and evil fortune followed him to the grave18 When the priestess mentions that Unoka is known for his weakmachete and hoe she is implying that he is a very lazy farmer Themachete and hoe are both well-known tools used to help plant yams Byhaving a weak machete and hoe it is simply impossible to plant yamsUnoka and the priestess very well know that it is not the tools thatare the problem By blaming the tools the priestess is sarcasticallyhinting to Unoka that his laziness is the reason why he is sounsuccessful In addition to his laziness his bad chi contributedto his evil fortunes and assisted in
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