Dead Mens Path Summary

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Dead men's path is a short story written by chinua achebe in 1953. According to encyclopedia of world biography website, chinua achebe is a nigerian novelist who is known as the father of the african literature. He was born on 15 november, 1930 in ogidi in eastern nigeria. He was the fifth of six children to his parents. He was brought up as a christian after his parents abandoned their traditional religion under the convinces of the british government representatives. However, he was still fascinated with the culture and the traditional stories of his tribe. He wrote many short stories and novels that refute what was written about africa and the africans in that time by some british authors. Examples of his work are all things fall apart, no longer at ease, vengeful creditor, etc (Encyclopedia of world biography, 2008). The story of dead men's path was written during the british colonization of Nigeria. During that time the mission of the british colonization is to westren the education and to introduce christianity. This reflection report is going to shed light on the elements of this story, the figurative language as well as the critical approaches to this…show more content…
He used situational irony when we expected Mr.Obi to developed the school his decision ruined it instead. The symbolism is also present in the story. For example, the path symbolizes the traditions of that village; the garden and the flowers symbolize the modernity and the barbed wire symbolizes the modern society refusal to accept the superstitious beliefs of that particular culture. These are only a few examples of symbolism, however the story has a good deal of symbolism. Imagery is also used in the story to visualise the image of Michael Obi as his his wife described him. “listening with a satisfied smile”: here the author uses alliteration to draw the reader’s attention to Obi’s response before the direct
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