English, Sec. 2
3 March 2013
Style of a writer
What way but to seek a journey through earth’s natural living, as well as consisting tradition and customs. In Nigeria Africa, there is a village named Ibo. In the Ibo village there lived people who followed strict customs and traditions within their clan. A man named Okonkwo was a well respected man whose goal was to be on top and not under his father’s shadow. This story was based on the book Things fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, in which book reviews find this writing piece to be an open book filled with significance and culture. This happens with Achebe’s choice of words, and imagery that the reader is able to know what the character is feeling.
The author Achebe uses words or phrases that make the reader engaged during a moment in the book or about a character. According to Dirda’s review, he states “his mostly declarative sentences - leavened with occasional Ibo words and phrases - eschew the emotional, preferring to describe rituals and practices rather than judge them”. What Dirda stated means how Achebe, when reading his book, rituals and practices illustrates the meaning in that culture and how it has an impact within the story. Furthermore, this quote from Dirda shows how the book portrays a straight forward passage and is diverse with tradition. Tradition is important to the Ibo village. In the Ibo village, men are superior of women, while men hold most of the title; women also share tradition when occasions come up. In the book Things Fall Apart it states “the women, who drank a cup or two each, to help them in their cooking. Some of it also went to the bride and her attendant maidens, who were putting the last delicate touches of razor to her coiffure and cam wood on her smooth skin” (115). This quote fits Dirda’s statement, because it illustrates tradition and how important it is to follow. As well as how the villages all come together to celebrate and enjoy each...
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