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Dialectical Journals- Things Fall Apart

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Dialectical Journals

1. “His fame rested on solid personal achievements.”
Pg. 3 paragraph 1

All fame begins when you do something noticeable. For example, actors and actresses build upon their careers and reputations by achieving excellence in their personal goals, as well as perfecting their public performance.

2. “…It was said that when he slept, his wives and children in his houses could hear him breathe.”
Pg. 4 paragraph 1

One question that comes to mind when I read this is if he alternates between homes on certain days or months. From what I understand, it used to be socially acceptable to have many wives and children, but they all lived together in one home, scattered among different chambers within the house. The use of the word “homes” is what made me wonder.

3. “He always said that whenever he saw a dead man’s mouth he saw the folly of not eating what one had in one’s lifetime.”
Pg. 4 paragraph 2

I think that what the author was trying to imply in this passage was that in his personal experience, he has noticed that many people take many things for granted and that they don’t live their lives according to what they want and need to do. So much is wasted during one’s lifetime, and people just allow their lives to pass them by.

4. “As he broke the kola, Unoka prayed to their ancestors for life and health, and for protection against their enemies.”
Pg. 6 paragraph 5

The impression that I got was that Okoye just came over on a whim. Is it customary to honor and pray to the ancestors whenever you have company; expected or unexpected? This seems awkward.

5. “Okoye was also a musician. He played on the ogene. But he was not a failure like Unoka.”
Pg. 7 paragraph 6

I can compare this selection to my personal life in both the resent and the past. Even though I have many things in common with my friends, I often feel like a failure in comparison to them, as if they are better than I am at things that we do regularly, much like Unoka in comparison to Okoye.
6. “A snake was never called by its name at night, because it would hear.”
Pg. 9 paragraph 2

The act of fear is much more common in the dark. In the dark, people expect things to be lurking around the bend, waiting for someone to summon it. I can relate this selection to my past experiences with my friends. When we were in elementary school, we would go into a dark bathroom and say the name, ...

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...hy, disgusting insects. If the villagers knew what the small, disaster-riddled pests were capable of doing, then they would fear the swarm’s return instead of praising and rejoicing it.

25. “My daughter’s suitor is coming today.”
Pg. 65 paragraph 7

Why is a ten-year-old child getting married? Is the “man” also ten years old? Why would an adult want to marry someone who hasn’t even reached adolescence yet? It made sense to them to sell their daughters for marriage once they started menstruating, but why would they sell off a child who probably wouldn’t start to do that for up to two years after the marriage.

26. “You might as well say that the woman lies on top of the man when they are making the children.”
Pg. 74 paragraph 3

This shows that in the days of this book, sex was just for making children; not for fun. Now a day, men like sex in a variety of positions. They often like domineering women who are on the top rather than the bottom. I suppose that back then, the men had little respect for the women so they felt that they should be below them. If they were on top during sex, then the men may feel intimidated by the woman’s strength and be disgusted that they have no shame.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how actors and actresses build upon their careers and reputations by achieving excellence in their personal goals and perfecting their public performance.
  • Opines that no matter how good, rich, powerful, or beautiful you may be, there is always someone who is better than you.
  • Explains that some people go out and enjoy life, while others just sit inside and do the basic things in order for a successful survival as social and emotional life passes them by.
  • Analyzes why yams play such a big part in the story. yams aren't big in america, and we are successful with plantations of many different crops.
  • Explains that when they were younger, they used to be so excited about christmas, halloween, and their birthday, but now they feel that they are too mature to care about them.
  • Opines that they didn't know that bananas grew on trees. they would like to see a banana tree someday.
  • Opines that and the whole story in general are ludicrous and obnoxious.
  • Opines that if all men wrestled "professionally" when they were young, why is this wrestling match so interesting and/or special?
  • Opines that it makes no sense for them to waste their time talking about whether or not her daughter will "stay." they should follow their silly superstitions and customs so they don't make their dead family members or pretend gods angry.
  • Explains why the judges decide when the match is over. the judges could favor one wrestler over the other and just make it so that he wins instead.
  • Opines that okonkwo is a tough manly man who stalks and decapitates an innocent man for sport.
  • Opines that everyone is unaware of the damage that locusts can cause on crops; their excitement makes them feel as if they are ignorant.
  • Opines that in the days of this book, sex was just for making children; not for fun. now a day, men like domineering women who are on the top rather than the bottom.
  • Explains that it used to be socially acceptable to have many wives and children, but they all lived together in one home, scattered among different chambers within the house.
  • Opines that was trying to imply that many people take many things for granted and don't live their lives according to what they want and need to do.
  • Opines that okoye just came over on a whim. is it customary to honor and pray to the ancestors whenever you have company?
  • Compares this selection to their personal life in both the resentment and the past. even though they have many things in common with their friends, they often feel like a failure in comparison to them.
  • Explains that the act of fear is more common in the dark. people expect things to be lurking around the bend, waiting for someone to summon it.
  • Narrates how they felt sympathy for these fictitious characters, even though they couldn't relate to the passage. okonkwo was ruled by one passion.
  • Analyzes how okonkwo hated his father, while others despise the fact that they are unable to make their own decisions or feel they have a lack of freedom.
  • Explains that many parents can't see that their children really are trying their very best. parents force their kids into working hard, which can drive them into a serious stage of depression or low self-esteem.
  • Explains that tradition is celebrated frequently, such as a toad running during evening as opposed to during the daylight hours.
  • Opines that okonkwo is a complete slob. he treats his wives and children terribly, yet he still finds it appropriate for them to work for him all the time and to slave in the kitchen everyday and every night.
  • Opines that it seems arrogant and ironic when they act like "normal human beings" under that label, when that is what they were all along.
  • Compares the story of 'carlos o'brien's' closure to that of marcy, who dies because she is old and needs to eat and live.
  • Opines that b is the only choice anyone with a common sense gene would choose. okonkwo told the story of how he had stalked his victim, overpowered him, and obtained his first human head.
  • Explains why a ten-year-old child gets married, and why an adult wants to marry someone who hasn't even reached adulthood. it made sense to them to sell their daughters for marriage once they started menstruating.
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