Chike’s School Days


Chinua Achebe

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The Diviner Character Analysis

A practitioner of the traditional Igbo religion, the diviner is seen as a wise and powerful man by the people of the village—at least, by those that haven’ t converted to Christianity yet. When Elizabeth comes to him, distraught that her son, Amos, will marry Sarah, a member of the lowest social class in Igbo society, the diviner performs a ritual to prevent the marriage from occurring. Even though the ritual doesn’t work, Elizabeth still returns to her original faith after her encounter with the diviner. The diviner is seen as a source of power and authority in the village. However, his only appearance in the story is an instance in which he fails to successfully perform a magical ritual, inviting readers to consider the possibility that his authority might not be totally warranted.

The Diviner Quotes in Chike’s School Days

The Chike’s School Days quotes below are all either spoken by The Diviner or refer to The Diviner. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Chike’s School Days Quotes

The diviner was a man of great power and wisdom.

Related Characters: Amos, Sarah, Elizabeth, The Diviner, Mr. Brown
Page Number: 39
Explanation and Analysis:

Old Elizabeth performed the rites, but her son remained insane and married an Osu girl whose name was Sarah. Old Elizabeth renounced her new religion and returned to the faith of her people.

Related Characters: Amos, Sarah, Elizabeth, The Diviner
Page Number: 39
Explanation and Analysis:
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The Diviner Character Timeline in Chike’s School Days

The timeline below shows where the character The Diviner appears in Chike’s School Days. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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...Christianity, the idea of her son marrying an Osu was unthinkable. She went to consult the diviner , locally recognized as wise and powerful. He performed a ritual and told her to... (full context)