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~Things Fall Apart ~
Transcript of ~Things Fall Apart ~
This proverb came about in the story of the tortoise, and it explains how much hate and bad vibes a person will receive if they cause harm or distress towards others. Even if trouble is made unintentionally it always backfires.
"A proud heart can survive a general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride. It is more difficult and more bitter when a man fails alone."
Failure is taken differently depending on those who face it. If a person holds a strong mentality and believes they can get through a small difficulty because there's been much more they've surpassed, then they will succeed. On the other hand, if a person is negative and a small mistake brings them down then it means their pride was weak, and they did not believe in themselves in the first place.
"A firm tree does not fear the storm"
This proverb is saying: no matter how tough things get, if a man has enough intuition to move forward, not even the strongest of winds or harshest times will stop him from achieving the goal once set.
"When mother cow is chewing grass its young ones watch its mouth"
This proverb is pretty self explanatory and means children will watch their parents' actions and imitate them.
"Like father, like son"
This saying from our common time supports TFA because in the book Obierika's eldest brother is explaining to his sibling that Maduka is following his exact footsteps and therefore he shan't have any worries over the future awaiting his young one.
"No matter how prosperous a man was, if he was unable to rule his women and his children, he was not really a man"
Throughout time men have been held higher than women; in Umuofia it was no different. A male was judged upon his cruelty and bitter treatment towards females. All living in a society where fear was basically mistaken for respect.
"He that would govern others, first should be the master of himself"
A human being that holds no power over their thoughts or any control over their actions shouldn't be left in charge over someone else's way of living. If ever a life be condemned to being imprisoned it'd be an injustice to give a close-minded arrogant superiority.
~Things Fall Apart ~
"The man who makes no mistakes does not usually make anything"
In a way this contradicts the last proverb but still relates to it. This is saying: although mistakes bring along consequences, it's better to try and make a mistake than to not try at all. The tortoise wouldn't have learned its lesson had the other animals not left him stranded. His cracked shell now reminds him to be less selfish.
"There is no one for whom it is well"
In TFA this proverb was one used for a women's death, symbolizing that even though women are not well due to their mistreatment, they are not the only ones who suffer, and just like death, emotional pain is mutual too.
"People are just about as happy as they make up their minds to be"
This proverb relates to TFA because the reason women are so unhappy in this story is due to the fact that as young ladies they were taught to feel inferior. Most grew up being told they weren't good enough, unlike men, who as children were praised and set to higher standards than girls. So this proverb relates to the last, by implying that even though a women has died, there are many that like her are not well.
"What is good among one people is an abomination with others"
These words are spoken by Uchendo in TFA and they basically predict the situation which occurs towards the end of the book. Religion (being good among the white man) was seen as a complete abomination in the Ibo village. The elders of the town viewed missionaries as a threat towards their society, while the Catholics overflowed with joy when gathering new followers to their faith.
"One man's trash is another man's treasure"
I chose to pair this proverb with the last one because they both contemplate the same message. People like Nwoke saw the new religion as a rescue from confusion, while wise elders like Okwonkwo and Uchendu portrayed this so-called Jesu Kristi as the reason for collapse.
"Living fire begets cold, impotent ash"
In Okwonko's mind a stong man like himself, raised nothing but a disgrace. In this proverb figurative language is used to compare a determined, and successful fatherly figure to its weak, independent offspring.
"We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow;Our wiser sons, no doubt will think us so"
Okwonko thought of Unoka as a lazy nobody and throughout his life strived to be nothing like his father. Unlike Unoka, Okwonko had power,money,and recognition from his village. He developed to be wiser than the fool he had as a father.;yet at the end, in Nwoke's mind Okwonko was nothing but a worthless fool as well. It is a cycle to want to surpass ones' parents, but as people grow old they realize the position they stand in is the same one their parents suffered through when being unappreciated by their own family.
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