Things Fall Apart

District Commissioner Character Analysis

The District Commissioner shows up in Umuofia after Okonkwo murders a white man towards the end of the novel. The District Commissioner plans to write a book on his experiences in Nigeria, and the title he chooses—The Pacification of the Primitive Tribes of the Lower Niger—reveals his superior attitude towards the Igbo people, whom he treats as objects of study rather than as actual people with their own complex customs and beliefs.

District Commissioner Quotes in Things Fall Apart

The Things Fall Apart quotes below are all either spoken by District Commissioner or refer to District Commissioner. 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:
Tradition vs. Change Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Anchor Books edition of Things Fall Apart published in 1994.
Chapter 25 Quotes

One of the most infuriating habits of these people was their love of superfluous words, he thought.

Related Characters: District Commissioner (speaker)
Page Number: 206
Explanation and Analysis:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo con

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui offi

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpLorem ipsum dolorLorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Dui

Unlock explanations and citation info for this and every other Things Fall Apart quote.

Plus so much more...

Get LitCharts A+
Already a LitCharts A+ member? Sign in!
Get the entire Things Fall Apart LitChart as a printable PDF.
Things fall apart.pdf.medium

District Commissioner Character Timeline in Things Fall Apart

The timeline below shows where the character District Commissioner appears in Things Fall Apart. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 20
Tradition vs. Change Theme Icon
Language Theme Icon
Religion Theme Icon
...including some men of title. The white men have also built a court where a District Commissioner judges cases, and messengers called kotma guard the prison. The messengers are especially hated for... (full context)
Chapter 23
Tradition vs. Change Theme Icon
Masculinity Theme Icon
...all the men in Umuofia walk around armed with a gun or a machete. When the District Commissioner returns from his tour, Mr. Smith goes to speak with him, and three days afterwards,... (full context)
Tradition vs. Change Theme Icon
At the meeting, the District Commissioner tricks them, handcuffing the men while Ekwueme is telling the story of Enoch's crime. The... (full context)
Tradition vs. Change Theme Icon
The court messengers, however, shave the men's heads as soon as the District Commissioner leaves. The court messengers do not allow the clan leaders to leave when they need... (full context)
Chapter 25
Language Theme Icon
The District Commissioner arrives at Okonkwo's compound with an armed band of soldiers and court messengers and demands... (full context)
Tradition vs. Change Theme Icon
Religion Theme Icon
Obierika leads the way with five or six others, and the Commissioner follows along with his men. They're led to a tree behind Okonkwo's compound where they... (full context)
Tradition vs. Change Theme Icon
Language Theme Icon
The Commissioner orders his chief messenger to take down the body and to bring all the men... (full context)