The chief priest becomes the central figure in a conflict between old and new in an Eastern Nigeria village
In Achebe's poignant novel, a father-son conflict parallels the conflict between tradition and change in Nigeria. The "arrow of god" is the high priest representing the god Ulu who watched over the destiny of an Ibo village--a man so mired in the past that, faced with change, he sinks into madness.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
Subgenre: Settings, Literary, Family + Friendship, Conflicts + Dualities