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Transcript of Assignment: Proverbs
Date: 18 November 2013
Purpose: Ibo Culture
What is a proverb?
A proverb is a short, pithy statement that has meaning in a specific culture. Most often, the statement is metaphorical in nature.
Examples of American Proverbs
Absence makes the heart grow fonder.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Beggars can't be choosers.
Birds of a feather flock together.
If at first you don't succeed, try, try again.
Practice makes perfect.
When one door closes, another one opens.
Imagine you are having a conversation with someone and they use a proverb common to American culture.
With a partner, find at least 1 example of an Ibo proverb in the novel. Write it down in your notebook.
What tone do they use when they say the proverb?
How important are proverbs in American culture?
To what extent do we value proverbs in American culture?
Answer the following questions in your notes:
What tone do the characters use when they use proverbs?
How important are proverbs in the Ibo culture?
To what extent does the Ibo culture value proverbs?
How does our Western bias affect the way we read and understand these proverbs?