I'd like to draw a comparison between Beloved and Things Fall Apart in regard to an obanje that can be seen in both stories. The character Beloved can be seen as an obanje and the character Ezinma is thought to be an obanje by the medicine man and somewhat by her parents. In Things Fall Apart, the obanje is similar to the return of the character Beloved in Beloved as both are bad omens and foreshadow the bringing of bad luck and hardship to their respective families. Supernatural sources and the practice of magical realism can be seen in Beloved as the ghost of Sethe’s murdered child, Beloved, haunts 124. Also, the fact the Beloved comes back as an incarnation of the ghost and dead child is very supernatural and certainly a demonstration of magical realism. Supernatural forces and magical realism can be seen in Things Fall Apart as the clan believes in the obanje coming back to haunt a family whose child has died in birth or at a young age. Supernatural forces and magical realism can also be seen in the belief that twins are bad luck for the community and they must be thrown into the Evil Forest (another example of supernatural forces and magical realism). Both cultures believed in some aspect of supernatural forces and were constantly superstitious of either offending the gods (Things Fall Apart) or offending the spirit inhabiting 124 (Beloved).