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This is of course the African yam, a cornerstone of Igbo culture, as well as a symbol of masculinity, power, and wealth in the story. In addition to masculinity, cultivating yams symbolizes wealth and power.
Cite This Page. All rights reserved. We see Ekwefi cooking. Logging out... To create his own wealth and reputation, Okonkwo goes to a wealthy man — Nwakibie — and makes polite offerings of palm-wine and kola nut and asks for a favor. Teach your students to analyze literature like LitCharts does. Chapter 12.
The clan's year is divided according to the planting and harvesting of yams, and Okonkwo's mood and actions vary whether it's the Week of Peace, the planting season, or the Feast of the New Yam. Logging out…. In doing so, Okonkwo asserts himself as a person who has access to good fortunes. So I beg the question: I'm Still Here! Yams are labor intensive and considered a man's crop.
We get Unoka, and fellow slow-paced farmers, reclining and waiting. The differentiation you make between the yam being a weakness for Unoka and a strength for Okonkwo, and how that comments on their individual masculinity is interesting. Essentially, Okonkwo makes a sharecropping agreement with the wealthy man where he only gets one-third of his harvest and Nwakibie gets the rest.
This passage introduces Nwakibie, a man of wealth and power thanks to his many barns of yams. Themes All Themes.