10. The sacrifice of Ikemefuma could be seen as being a parallel to the crucifixion of Jesus. The event also raises a series of questions. Ikemefuma and the villagers that are left behind are told that he is "going home" (p. 58). Does this euphemism for dying contain truth for them? Do they believe they are doing him a favor? Why do they wait three years, him and Okonkwo's family to think of him as a member of the family? Finally, Okonkwo, "the father, " allows the sacrifice to occur as God presumably allowed Christ's sacrifice, with no resistance. How can one accept this behavior and maintain love for the father or God?
Umofia as Athenian
Many critics note that Umofian society is similar to ancient Greek civilization. Some point out that Greece was influenced by Africa, and that the democratic system in place in African society predated that of Greece. The colonizers may not have recognized it, but the readers of Achebe's book can see the oft-honored ways of Athens. This endears the Umofian nation to Western readers, by making it more familiar and even culturally superior to the British invaders. But there is one major problem with that idea. "By circumscribing Achebe's book within European aesthetic traditions, such readings are in danger of perpetuating precisely the colonialist gestures that the book is designed to surmount." (Booker, 66) Western readers may be alienated by an unfamiliar society, but to cater to Western tastes, to Booker, is evidence of intellectual colonization.