Dead Men's path

Topics: Teacher, Things Fall Apart, Education Pages: 2 (425 words) Published: October 15, 2014
In Chinua Achebe’s story “Dead men’s Path” conflict occurs between religious beliefs and modern beliefs. Obi fail to achieve his goal because he didn’t respect villagers beliefs. Obi did not believe in villager’s traditions he tried to stop and which resulted into a conflict between villagers and Obi. Obi believes that path is the change that has to be done. Respect others beliefs and traditions and don’t force a change. This short story starts off with Michael Obi being appointed to become a headmaster for Ndume Central School. It was a challenge because the school had always been “unprogressive”. Michael Obi had a passion for “modern methods”. One day Michael Obi saw a lady from the village walk right across the school compound when he sees that he tells a teacher “It amazes me that you people allowed the villagers make use of this footpath” the teacher replies “the path appears to be very important to them” and “it connects the village shrine with their place of burial”. The head master obi closes the path because of what the Government Education Officer might say. Mr.Obi attempts to take a big part of villager’s beliefs. Once Mr. Obi takes away the path the religion strikes at him by showing some kind of karma (the lady giving birth dies). Mr. Obi is ignorant in the others beliefs, he is highly educated so he’s arrogant about what he believe, he believes he knows more than the villagers. Obi also believed everyone should live in a modern way, he never considered that villagers wished to live as their ancestors did. Obi ended up failing his goal to change the school, the Government Education Officer didn’t like what he had done to the school. The villagers had also torn the place apart so it looked even worse than before. Obi ended up losing his job. Villagers choose to stand up for their traditions than to become modernized. In my story ending Obi gave up on the village, he was naïve; he could not understand the...
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