Things Fall Apart

Chinua Achebe
Summary

Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

14) Why does Okonkwo kill the District Commissioner’s messenger?

Okonkwo kills the District Commissioner’s messenger to rebel against the Commissioner and the missionaries. Prior to this event, the Commissioner tricked the clansmen and put them in jail for burning down his church. Knowing the clansmen might retaliate, the Commissioner sent court messengers to try to stop Okonkwo and the other clansmen from organizing an uprising against him. Okonkwo’s killing of the messenger sends a clear message to the Commissioner.