The critic Philip Rogers looks at the Housman poem, "Easter Hymn," mentioned in this section as the poem Obi chooses to read after setting aside the one he wrote on Nigeria. The Housman poem is about Christ being either sleeping or dead, which is why he has not responded to the crises of the modern era. Rogers sees the poem as foreshadowing Obi's own sleeping after his mother's upcoming death, but also that for Christ and Obi, "personal peace is achieved at a cost of obliviousness and indifference to the lives of others." There are also similarities between the paralysis of Christ and the paralysis of Obi, who often cannot rouse himself to any action (to resist a bribe, to defend his relationship with Clara to his parents, to go after her when she gets the abortion, to stand up to his boss, etc.). Rogers also notes that the poem exemplifies the fact that part of Obi's downfall is rooted in his lack of authentic religion, which adds to the sense that he is a man unmoored.