Dialectical Journals- Things Fall Apart Essay

2664 Words Oct 24th, 2001 11 Pages
Dialectical Journals

1. "His fame rested on solid personal achievements."
Pg. 3 paragraph 1

All fame begins when you do something noticeable. For example, actors and actresses build upon their careers and reputations by achieving excellence in their personal goals, as well as perfecting their public performance.

2. "…It was said that when he slept, his wives and children in his houses could hear him breathe."
Pg. 4 paragraph 1

One question that comes to mind when I read this is if he alternates between homes on certain days or months. From what I understand, it used to be socially acceptable to have many wives and children, but they all lived together in one home, scattered among different chambers within the house. The use
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12. "The rain is falling, the sun is shining, and Nnadi is cooking and eating."
Pg 35 paragraph 2

The basic idea of this quote is that some people go out and enjoy life; sit in the sunlight, and play in the rain; where as others just sit inside and do the basic things in order for a successful survival as social and emotional life passes them by. I can relate to this in the way that my friends go out many times a week and have fun. I am just like Nnadi. I work on wonderful IB homework and stay at home instead of being able to enjoy the so-called "best years of my life."

13. "The new yam festival was thus an occasion for joy throughout Umuofia."
Pg. 37 paragraph 2

This seems like a form of Thanksgiving mixed with New Year's. Throughout the book, the main focus is on crops, (the biggest crop being yams). Why do yams play such a big part in the story? Are there other major crops too? Yams are not that big of a deal in the United States, and we are successful with plantations of a wide variety of different crops.

14. "But somehow Okonkwo could never become enthusiastic over feasts as most people."
Pg. 37 paragraph 3

This quote can be related to me. When I was much younger, I used to be so excited about Christmas and Halloween and my birthday. Now, I feel that I am too mature to care about Christmas and my birthday, or any other holiday that I used to enjoy. I often feel very embarrassed when I

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