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Quinton McLeod

on 16 May 2014

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Transcript of Duality

What are some kinds of traditions you practice at home?
Let us tell you.
Duality is an instance of opposition or contrast between two concepts or aspects of something.

Or in plain English, it's when opposites are next to each other. So brutality and pacifism, light and dark, good and evil, cunning and dim, all examples of different forms of duality.
What are some other examples of duality in texts or movies?
Where was the duality in the Star Wars clip?
What are some significant pros and cons of duality?
What are some roles that duality can have in modern culture?
How can duality relate to western arrogance?
What are some examples of duality in Things Far Apart?
How can we create an equal balance between change and tradition?
How can we balance our parent's ideals with our generations ideals and why?
Why is it important to do so?
Things Fall Apart is a novel written by Chinua Achebe in 1958. The main character Okonkwo is known as a wealthy and respected warrior in his Igbo tribe in Nigeria. Okonkwo's biggest fear in life is to become like his father who was a drunk and a "woman". Okonkwo has a son Nwoye, who is not as masculine and strong as Okonkwo would like him to be. Later on in the story, Okonkwo kills a boy at a funeral ceremony and him and his family are exiled out Umuofia for seven years. In his new village Okonkwo learns about the missionaries that have come to convert the Igbo people to Christianity and he highly disapproves. More and more people join the new religion including Okonkwo's son and things begin to fall apart.
Here are some of our examples of duality.
What is the duality between change and tradition?
Define change.
Now define change in terms of the novel Things Fall Apart.
Define tradition.
Change evolves in the novel because of outside forces such as the missionaries. Outside forces can impact internal changes within a character because they introduce new ideas and opinions. They can also impact the society or groups of people as a whole.
Quote Analysis:
"Although Nwoye had been attracted to the new faith from the very first day, he kept it secret." (Achebe 149).
This shows internal duality within Nwoye because he is choosing between what he wants and what is expected. This also shows duality between tradition and change (old vs. new) because Okonkwo disapproves the new faith while Nwoye wants to explore it.
What did you think was Achebe's goal from the Quote analysis?

"Answer me," roared Okonkwo "before I kill you!" (Achebe 151).

This shows the anger Okonkwo gives toward Nwoye because of how Nwoye want to give up his traditions and culture and go take part in a new one.This shows how duality can trigger emotions, aggressive ones in this case.
Character Analysis
If you could talk to someone who didn't understand about duality, what would you teach them?
Tradition is defined as the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way.
Achebe's Goal was to help understand Africa's notion of duality

It shows how Africa is traditional with all of the Igbo's cultural ceremonies and habits, but also how a new faith and group of people can change everything and everyone.
For everything to run nicely and smoothy there needs to be a balance of old traditions and new change
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