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Proverbs in " Things Fall Apart"

By: Travis Treadwell, Morgan James, Rachel Savage, and JEREMY SULS
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Travis Treadwell

on 9 November 2012

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Transcript of Proverbs in " Things Fall Apart"

Where and how are Proverbs Used? Why do proverbs play such a large and important role? What does this tell us about the Igbo culture? Meaning of the Proverbs Proverbs are used to do a multitude of things
To prove a point (Toad in Daylight)
Make a comparison
To tell a story with a moral(Eneke the Bird)
Or to get a message across (A man's Chi) Proverbs, and their impact
in "Things Fall Apart By: Morgan James,
Rachel Savage,
Jeremy Suls, and
Travis Treadwell Examples of Proverbs pg 20 " a toad does not run in the daylight for nothing" pg 27 " If a man says Yes, his Chi will say yes also" pg 22 "Eneke the bird says that since men have learned to shoot without missing, he has learned to fly without perching" Eneke the bird- That when human kind adapts, the rest of nature will learn to adapt as well
Toad- That Nothing is done without a purpose
Chi- That you will only be as successful as you allow yourself to be The Igbo culture draws a lot of parallels to animals or nature, and a lot of emphasis on traditional values or ceremonies. Ex: respect for elders Proverbs hold the entire story together. They help us understand as readers what the characters are trying to say, and help them express their emotions. They also let us practically enter the Igbo culture, by using traditional values as a learning tool. Where are they used?
- Nwakibie, the village Yam Tycoon, uses proverbs to explain his lack of faith in people when they take his Yam seeds. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING! Other Proverbs
-"Our elders say that the sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on those who kneel" p8
-"If a child washed his hands, he could eat with kings" p8
-"When the moon is shining, the cripple becomes hungry for a walk" p10
-"A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness" p19
-"And that's why the snake lizard killed his mother"p83
-"As the dog said if I fall down for you, and you fall down for me, it is play" p73 "A proverb is a simple, concrete saying used to express an abstract idea or teach a lesson."
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