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Chike’s School Days: Introduction
Chike’s School Days: Plot Summary
Chike’s School Days: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Chike’s School Days: Themes
Chike’s School Days: Quotes
Chike’s School Days: Characters
Chike’s School Days: Terms
Chike’s School Days: Symbols
Chike’s School Days: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Chinua Achebe
Historical Context of Chike’s School Days
Other Books Related to Chike’s School Days
- Full Title: Chike’s School Days
- When Written: 1960
- Where Written: Nigeria
- When Published: 1972
- Literary Period: Postmodern; Postcolonial
- Genre: Short Story
- Setting: A small Igbo village in in early 20th-century colonial Nigeria
- Climax: The schoolteacher describes the “explosive mechanism” of seed dispersal to Chike’s class.
- Antagonist: British colonialism
- Point of View: Third Person
Extra Credit for Chike’s School Days
It Runs in the Family. Like the narrator, Chike, Chinua Achebe was part of the first generation among his family to be raised Christian rather than within the traditional Igbo religion. However, as a young adult, Achebe became fascinated with forms of African spirituality, and his studies heavily influenced his writing.
Not a One-Hit Wonder. Chike is also the protagonist of Chike and the River, a children’s book by Achebe that he wrote to address his concerns about the understanding his children would develop about race, as they studied in mostly white schools in Lagos.