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"Things Fall Apart" Proverbs

Trace a minimum of ten proverbs from the novel "Things Fall Apart."

Lindsay Gippe

on 1 January 2013

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Finally http://www.unc.edu/~hhalpin/ThingsFallApart/Proverbs.html "Proverbs are the palm-oil with which words are eaten."
Palm oil is a rich yellow oil pressed from the fruit of certain palm trees and used both for fuel and cooking. In their culture they used proverbs to communicate and to keep a better style, to show wisdom(intelligence) in a poetic way. In their culture they used proverbs in order to communicate and to use a more elevated style, to be clear and make vocabulary more interesting.

"Our elders say that the sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel under them."
Unoka uses this phrase to say that he will pay his biggest debtors before the smallest.
"Things Fall Apart" Proverbs "If a child washes his hands he could eat with kings."
By removing the dirt of the ancestors you can have a chance of a different future; each one builds his own fame.
"When the moon is shining the cripple becomes hungry for walk."
The shining of the moon is so important that it gave them courage so that a cripple can walk. "Those whose palm-kernels were cracked for them by a benevolent spirit should not forget to be humble."
People who are blessed with luck by the gods, should be humble, and not criticize other people.

"When a man says yes his chi says yes also."
A man's spirit will guide him and help him.

"A child's fingers are not scalded by a piece of hot yam which its mother puts into its palm"
Children obeying their mother are not punished. "The lizard that jumped from high iroko tree to the ground said he would praise himself if no one else did."
Okonkwo feels proud of his achievements even if nobody recognizes it.

"Eneke the bird says that since men have learned to shoot without missing, he has learned to fly without perching."
People adapt to other people's learnings, particularly when the other person's learnings would harm you if you kept on your present course. If Nwakibie gave yams to every man who asked, many of the yams would be wasted by their lack of effort.

"You can tell a ripe corn by its look"
Nwakibie can tell that Okonkwo is ready to receive his gift and not take it for granted.

"Looking at the king's mouth, one would think he never sucked at his mother breasts"
Although Okonkwo that once was a little baby, it feels as he never could be so vulnerable, because now is so big and robust. "Never kill a man who says nothing."
If someone does not say anything, then something is wrong. If someone complains then it may be right to do something in response.

"I cannot live on the bank of a river and wash my hands with spittle."
When Okonkwo is living in prosperity due to the help of his mother's family, he wishes to thank them in prosperity, with more than is necessary.

"Men have learned to shoot without missing their mark and I have learned to fly without perching on a twig."
Outside forces can force one to change their habits in response, even if the response seems unnatural.

"Let the kite perch and let the eagle perch too. If one says no to other, let his wing break."
Okonkwo was ashamed of his father and was afraid of having the same misfortune of his father and the same end. "A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness."
A man who respects greatness is more likely to be great himself. A successful man should respect greatness. "A toad does not run in the daytime for nothing"
That something strange does not happen for nothing; all happens for a reason. http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100425154611AAkGfJv http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100425154611AAkGfJv
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