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To Westerners yams are simply food They are just a type of vegetable which people use to create a dish However in Umuofia it means much more In this village Achebe describes how the villagers work hard throughout the year to receive yields of yams This then allow the villagers to have food for their basic need of survival andor sell the extras for cowries However it also has a spiritual connection between the villagers and the many gods they worshipped In Chinua Achebes novel Things Fall Apart the author uses yams to symbolize the Ibo tribes hard work spiritually and physically as a whole and also shows the power and wealth yams can bring in order to make a deep connection with the item and to fully show its true meaningEven in the first chapter Achebe describes how important yams were in the Ibo society by remembering what his father and childhood was like In the first chapter Okonkwo describes his father in great detail Unoka for that was his fathers name had died ten years ago In his day he was lazy and improvident and was quite incapable of thinking about tomorrow Achebe 4 This statement describes how the village thought about Unoka due to him not having many yams As a result of his lifestyle choice he was economically unstable and had no respect throughout the village The whole village understood the yams not only provided wealth but if a village was a good farmer it could also bring respect and power As a result the village was independently economic and the villagers often competed with each other This also showed who was the hardest working farmer and those people were rewarded with titles and power Going back to the quote after Nwoye died his son Okonkwo sees the mistakes his father has made After seeing his father fail and in order to ensure his success Okonkwo becomes one of the hardest
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