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Things fall apart folktales

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Mosquito in your Ear
He stretched himself and scratched his thigh where a mosquito had bitten him as he slept. Another one was wailing near his right ear. He slapped the ear and hoped he had killed it. Why do they always go for one’s ears? When he was a child his mother had told him a story about it. But it was as silly as all women’s stories.
Mosquito, she had said, had asked Ear to marry him, whereupon Ear fell on the floor in uncontrollable laughter. “How much longer do you think you will live?” she asked. “You are already a skeleton.” Mosquito went away humiliated, and any time he passed her way he told Ear that he was still alive.


Mother Kite
tortoise and the birds
Quarrel between the earth and the sky
"He remembered the story she often told of the quarrel between Earth and Sky long ago, and how Sky withheld rain for seven years, until crops withered and the dead could not be buried because the hoes broke on the stony Earth. At last Vulture was sent to plead with Sky, and to soften his heart with a song of the suffering of the sons of men. "




Things fall apart folktales
Chinua Achebe uses folktales to create depth in "Things Fall Apart " .The insightful stories show the culture of Ibo people.
This folk tale is a metaphor .The sun is our provider and we are the suffering men.The relationship in this tale teaches us to humble ourselves and call out to our provider,because we are not almighty.
This folktale uses the mosquito as your conscience .The creature makes a note to remind you that it is in fact still present .Potraying that you will always have a reminder of common sense.
Mother Kite sent her daughter for food; she brought her a young duck. Mother Kite asked her what did the duck’s mother do when she took the baby away, she said that the mom didn’t do anything. Mother Kite told her child to leave the duck again with his mom and bring something else to eat. After a while, the daughter returned with a chick, Mother Kite asked her what did the mother do, she answered that the mother shouted and coursed her. Mother Kite decided that they could now eat it.
He is trying to say that there is something to be feared from people who keep silent despite bad circumstances because it shows that they are plotting something. There is nothing to be feared from a fool who exposes their thoughts and emotions.
work cited
Ekwefi tells Ezinma a story about a greedy, cunning tortoise. All of the birds have been invited to a feast in the sky and Tortoise persuades the birds to lend him feathers to make wings so that he can attend the feast as well. As they travel to the feast, Tortoise also persuades them to take new names for the feast according to custom. He tells the birds that his name will be “All of you.” When they arrive, Tortoise asks his hosts for whom the feast is prepared. They reply, “For all of you.” Tortoise proceeds to eat and drink the best parts of the food and wine. The birds, angry and disgruntled at receiving only scraps, take back the feathers that they had given to Tortoise so that he is unable to fly home. Tortoise persuades Parrot to deliver a message to his wife: he wants her to cover their compound with their soft things so that he may jump from the sky without danger. Maliciously, Parrot tells Tortoise’s wife to bring out all of the hard things. When Tortoise jumps, his shell breaks into pieces on impact. A medicine man puts it together again, which is why Tortoise’s shell is not smooth.
Achebe integrates an old folktale commonly heard among the Igbo people into the story as an allegory to paint a clearer picture of the political climate in Nigeria at the time. In Chapter 11 of “Things Fall Apart” Ekwefi tells a story about the tortoise and the birds that foreshadows events relating to the colonization of Africa.
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