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"Marriage is a Private Affair"

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Transcript of "Marriage is a Private Affair"

What We Goin' a Do Today?
Who's who?
ANd now...
a bit of background
The famous Nigerian author's full name is Albert Chinualumogu Achebe. He was born in Nigeria on November 16, 1930. Achebe's inspiration to write stemmed from political events and the rich culture surrounding him in his home country. He was educated at the University of Ibadan and went on to write:
Things Fall Apart
,
Arrow of God
,
No Longer at Peace
, "Civil Peace,"
Home and Exile
,
The African Trilogy,
"The Voter," and many more. His true occupations are: Publisher, Author and Educator. Achebe died March 21, 2013 in Boston.
PLOT LINE
By: Chinua Achebe
"Marriage is a Private Affair"
1) Graffiti wall
2) Background of the author & the story
3) Plotline
4) Themes
5) Theme Analysis
6) Character Information
7) Main Character Flow Chart
8) Socratic Seminar (10 min)
9) 15 questions
10) 2 minute essays

15 discussion questions:
Literal
1.) Where does the protagonist (Nnaemeka) stay?
2.) Why does the father (Okeke) neglect his son (Nnaemeka)?
3.) Who does Nnaemeka love?
4.) Why do the people at the town neglect Nene?
5.) Why is Nnaemeka splitting paths with his father?
Inferred
1.)Why doesn't Nnaemeka try to contact his dad earlier?
2.)What is Nene's motives when she recontacts Okeke?
3.)Did Okeke regret neglecting before the photo of his grandchildren arrived?
4.)Did Nnaemeka ever regret marrying because of his father's neglect?
5.)Why is the father so strict with adhering to traditions?
Applied
1.) What can we learn from this story?
2.) How does tradition affect people nearby?
3.) At what extent can we decide whether tradition or family/love is more important?
4.) Where have cases like this happened?
5.) How do we know if what Nnaemeka is doing is the right thing to do?
Theme Analysis
The main theme of the story "Marriage is a Private Affair" is tradition vs. modern culture. Supporting themes include loyalty and hope. Nnaemeka, a young Ibo man, falls in love with Nene, a Lagos girl who is not of the Ibo tribe. Nnaemeka and Nene are engaged to be married, but Nnaemeka is afraid that his father, Okeke, won't approve of this union. Okeke holds very traditional views on marriage. He wants his son to marry a girl of the Ibo tribe as their tribe’s tradition dictates. When Nnaemeka tells his father he is going to marry his love, Nene, his father is outraged. Both the father and son remain loyal to their beliefs about marriage. Nnaemeka marries Nene, and Okeke cuts off his relationship with his son. Nnaemeka and his wife hope that through the years Okeke will reconnect with them. Finally, Nene sends a letter to Okeke, telling him about his two grandchildren, and Okeke begins to regret the lack of relationship he has with his grandchildren.
Nnaemeka
Nene
Okeke
After Nnaemeka makes a decision and travels back to his future wife, Okeke shares the news with the village people. They tell him to get herbs from the native doctor, but he doesn't believe his son is sick. Okeke refuses to see the native doctor.
For the next eight years, Okeke makes no contact with his son except for three letters. One of which is a letter of outrage at his son sending him an image of their wedding. In reply, Okeke cuts out his daughter-in-law's portion of the picture, which deeply hurts Nene.
Nene and Nnaemeka have two sons who very much wish to meet their grandfather. Nene writes a letter to Okeke about them and encourages him to change his mind about abstaining from his son and his family.
After Okeke receives the letter regarding his two grandsons, his heart melts. In addition, the first rain of the year greets his village. He changes his mind and allows his son and his daughter-in-law to bring their sons to meet him. Okeke hopes that it is not too late. He also fears that he never see them.
"Marriage is a Private Affair" begins with Nene arguing with her fiance about letting his father know about their engagement. Nnaemeka is unsure of telling his father because he doesn't think he'll accept their union.

Nnaemeka visits his father to discuss his marriage. Okeke, the father, wants him to marry a girl from their village, but Nnaemeka refuses. Okeke's resulting silence confuses his son, and Okeke refuses to see the couple. The next day, he tells his son that he will not see Nnaemeka's bride.
Activity Time!
To further understand the content of Achebe's short story, we will have a short Socratic Seminar.
Starting Questions:

Summarizing What You Learned
To conclude this brief lesson on "Marriage is a Private Affair," we will be doing a 2 Minute Essay about the importance of traditions and cultures.
Opening Activity:
A Graffiti Wall
On the white board, the word "Tradition" is written. You know how it goes! By row, come up, grab a marker and write/draw something the prompt word makes you think of. Afterwords, we'll do a quick read through of the story.
(Hint: if you don't already know, we are making a Graffiti Wall!)
Surprised by the actions of his son, Nnaemeka, Okeke decides to shut him out of his life. He hopes that Nnaemeka sees the error of his ways. The old father becomes strained and disappointed until he receives a letter from Nene. In the end, Okeke grows worried that he won’t get a chance to apologize to Nnaemeka and Nene for his lack of acceptance.

Nene disliked by Okeke for being of a different upbringing and marrying his son, Nnaemeka. She has two sons with Nnaemeka and eventually breaks the social barrier by making friends with different people. Writes letter to Okeke, telling him about his grandsons and wishing for them to reunite.
Nnaemeka initially feels bad for disappointing his father. He decides that he’d rather live without his father than abandon Nene. He attempts to reconnect with his father but is rejected by his pride.
History of "Marriage is A Private Affair"
Tradition of Marriage for the Ibo Tribe
It is a long process that often takes years to complete
There is a 4 stage process preparing for the wedding:
1) Asking the Young Woman’s Consent
2) Negotiating Through a Middleman
3) Testing the Brides Character
4) Paying the Bride Wealth


History of the Story

Main Character Flow Chart:
1) Nnaemeka- Initially feels bad for disobeying his father
2) He decides that he’d rather live without his father than abandon Nene
3) Attempts to reconnect but is rejected by his father.
4) Nene- Disliked by Okeke for being of a different upbringing and marrying Nnaemeka
5) Has two sons with Nnaemeka and eventually breaks social barrier by making friends with different people
6) Writes letter to Okeke, telling him about his grandsons and wishing for them to reunite.
7) Okeke- Surprised by Nnaemeka’s actions, decides to shut him out of his life
8) Hopes that Nnaemeka sees the error of his ways
9) Strained and disappointed until he receives a letter from Nene
10) Worried that he won’t get a chance to reconcile with his son and Nene and meet his grandchildren
Works Cited:
Biography, .com. "Chinua Achebe." Bio.com. A&E Networks Television, 2015. Web. 03 Sept. 2015.
<http://www.biography.com/people/chinua-achebe-20617665#synopsis>.

Grade Saver, LLC. "Chinua Achebe Biography." Chinua Achebe Biography. Grade Saver LLC, 2015. Web. 03 Sept. 2015.
<http://www.gradesaver.com/author/chinua-achebe>.

2015 Advameg, Inc. "Igbo." - Introduction, Location, Language, Folklore, Religion, Major Holidays, Rites of Passage. 2015 Advameg, Inc., 2015. Web. 03 Sept. 2015.
<http://www.everyculture.com/wc/Mauritania-to-Nigeria/Igbo.html>.

For the Igbo tribe, marriage is a long process that often takes years to complete.
During that time, they must complete a 4 stages process preparing for the wedding:
1) Asking the Young Woman’s Consent
2) Negotiating Through a Middleman
3) Testing the Brides Character
4) Paying the Bride Wealth

Themes
Staying true to tradition vs. Following modern culture

Loyalty to your elders or to your own beliefs


Hopes of reconciling with your family
Thank you for your time and attention!
Any Questions?
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