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No Longer At Ease: Obi’s Journey To Corruption

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Though losing all hope leads to desperate measures, No Longer At Ease explores the outcome of disastrous choices. This depicts the scenario for Obiajlo Okonkwo, otherwise known as Obi, in this book written by Chinua Achebe. This book starts with the ending and works its way backwards. At the beginning, a trial against Obi is held in Nigeria for accepting a bribe. The book then goes on to recede to how Obi took the bribe. Obi is a 26 year old man who lives in Nigeria. U.P.U., which is also known as the Umofia Progressive Union, gave Obi a scholarship to study law in England which he must pay back when he returns to Nigeria. He accepts the scholarship and travels to England. He drops the ...view middle of the document...

In which, he does not attend his mom’s funeral which he regrets. After taking a break from everything that happened to him, he begins a new life; a life that he begins to take bribes. Obi eventually takes so many bribes that they become habitual and make him corrupt. At the end of the novel, Obi pays off all his debts and concludes that he cannot do this anymore. After he accepts his last bribe, he is caught which then brings the reader back to the beginning of the book where he is put on trial. This book illustrates the troublesome story of Obi Okonkwo with identity of the character and realism, but involves prostitution and a poorly thought ending.
In this book, the author illustrates Obi’s difficult life with different methods. One of these methods is the identity of Obi. A good book has a good identification of a character. That meaning that the reader understands who the character is, but also that the character understands who they are. This is demonstrated when Odogwu is with Obi and says, “"We have our faults, but we are not empty men who become white when they see white, and black when they see black." Obi's heart glowed with pride with in him. "He is the grandson of Ogbuefi Okonkwo who faced the white man single-handed and died in the fight. Stand up!" Obi stood up obediently. "Remark him," said Odogwu. "He is Ogbuefi Okonkwo come back. He is Okonkwo kpom-kwem, exact, perfect."” In this quote, Obi identifies himself as a reincarnation of his grandfather, who was a prospered warrior in Umofia until he was shot. This shows that Obi has identified himself as someone who will succeed like his grandfather while being supported by his family and close friends. Another method that Achebe illustrates the book and engages the reader is through realism. Realism captures the reader’s attention and keeps them engaged while possibly making connections. An example of this is when Obi and Clara are together in a room and then “their eyes met for a second, and without another word Obi took her in his arms. She was trembling as he kissed her over and over again. "Leave me," she whispered "I love you." She was silent for a while, seeming to melt in his arms. "You don't," she said suddenly. "We're only being silly. You'll forget it in the morning." She looked at him and then kissed him violently. "I know I'll hate myself in the morning."” This shows that Obi loved Clara and it brings the story to life with the descriptive words that Achebe uses as well as the situation he places them in. This is an example of realism because this is a realistic scenario in real life...

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