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Ezeudu Obierika and Uchendu are respected elders in their villages in the story Things Fall Apart Achebe uses old men in his story as a source and guide of wisdom and strength as well as character development to Okonkwo It reflects as the story progresses until it affects all of Umufia Achebe first uses the wisdom of the elder Ezendu as he directs Okonkwo not to kill his adopted son Ikemefuna That boy calls you father Do not bear a hand in his death Pg 57 he said and it was an ample warning as that Okonkwo doesnt heed Ezendus advice and cuts the boy down on the simple fact of his honor and not to be thought weak This later gives way to the hatred that brews between Okonkwo and his real son Nwoye as to the fact that Ikemefuna was a trusted friend and brother and the thought that Okonkwo only cares of himself and has no real emotion Although that is not true as Okonkwo bears grief for what he had done Soon there after Ezendu perishes and an accident happens that results in the seven-year exile from Umufia Prior to during and after Okonkwos exile Obierika plays a huge part to the strength of Umufia as well as Okonkwo As a man of title Obierika passes the most knowledge and character definement of the three focuses of this paper Obierika is the Okonkwos best friend and therefore is always looking out for Okonkwos best interest During his time of exile he brought him the sacks of cowries that the yams of his prior farm produced as well as for the seeds that were sold to sharecroppers He was also a man who could reflect deeply as described in the following paragraph Obierika was a man who thought about things When the will of the goddess had been done he sat down in his obi and mourned his friends calamity Why
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