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Deciphering Diction: One Word At A Time
Transcript of Deciphering Diction: One Word At A Time
23 May 2011 In the book... "'Go home and sleep. . . I shall wait here'" (Achebe 93). Okonkwo says this to one of his wives after following her all night. He wishes to be polite and show her respect. By giving his wife respect that was not of the highest formality, that is used to speak to elders, or by disrespecting her. The readers are being given an understanding of Okonkwo's character. Achebe uses diction to stress that the Ibo culture possess value. He does this by demonstrating that the different levels of diction have their own proper place. In the book... "'Agbala do-o-o-o! . . . Agbala ekeneo-o-o-o!'" (Achebe 88). The priestess uses this low level of diction while saying a native chant. The Ibo culture has their own language and customs, this is evident by their slang. In the book... "Prosperous men and great warriors" (Achebe 100). These words are spoken at a wedding shower between too families. The grooms dad wishes to show respect and give honor to the brides family. By giving respect to others and wishing to make a good impression, Achebe gives his characters intelligence. The authors purpose is also addressed, because having a high level of diction to be used on occasion makes the Ibo culture appear complex. "70s Slang Words, Slang Terms from the Seventies." The 70s, Remembering the 70s Era. Classic 70s, 2009. Web. 23 May 2011.
Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. Evanston: McDougal Littel, 1997. Print.
"The Art of Conversation ~ Sporadic Reflections." Sporadic Reflections. Sporadic Reflections, 28 July 2009. Web. 23 May 2011.
Swan, Michael. "Learn English - Business English Writing." Perfect Your English. Perfect Your English, 2006. Web. 23 May 2011. Achebe uses many different literary devices to portray a positive view on the Ibo culture. One way he does this is by using different levels of dicition.