Analysis Of ' Dead Men 's Path ' Essay

774 Words Mar 11th, 2016 4 Pages
Education has become more common in today’s society compared to the previous century. In “Dead Men’s Path”, the new headmaster Michael Obi appears to be the only headmaster that has post-secondary education. He strives on the fact that he’s considered to be younger and has more education than those other headmasters. “He had had sound secondary school education which designated him a ‘pivotal teacher’ in the official records and set him apart from the other headmasters in the mission field” (p. 10, para. 1). Mr. Obi seems to care more about the school’s appearance, being modern, and how he believes the school is more important than village’s traditions.
Due to the fact that Mr. Obi has put his whole life into his work, as well as the life of his wife, he wanted to make sure the school’s appearance stood out and became a place of beauty. His wife planted gardens to beautify the school grounds to set it apart from the village’s “rank neighborhood bushes” (p.11, para. 4). Mr. Obi clearly states that he’s more worried about what others will think if they knew that villagers were walking through the school grounds. “What will the Government Education Officer think of this when he comes to inspect the school next week? The villagers might, for all I know, decide to use the schoolroom for a pagan ritual during the inspection” (p. 11, para. 9). From my understanding, Mr. Obi wants to make a big impression to people higher up in the education system. Mr. Obi mentions to the…

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