Dialectical Journals- Things Fall Apart

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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 of the word "homes" is what made me wonder.

3. "He always said that whenever he saw a dead man's mouth he saw the folly of not eating what one had in one's lifetime." Pg. 4 paragraph 2

I think that what the author was trying to imply in this passage was that in his personal experience, he has noticed that many people take many things for granted and that they don't live their lives according to what they want and need to do. So much is wasted during one's lifetime, and people just allow their lives to pass them by.

4. "As he broke the kola, Unoka prayed to their ancestors for life and health, and for protection against their enemies." Pg. 6 paragraph 5

The impression that I got was that Okoye just came over on a whim. Is it customary to honor and pray to the ancestors whenever you have company; expected or unexpected? This seems awkward.

5. "Okoye was also a musician. He played on the ogene. But he was not a failure like Unoka." Pg. 7 paragraph 6

I can compare this selection to my personal life in both the resent and the past. Even though I have many things in common with my friends, I often feel like a failure in comparison to them, as if they are better than I am at things that we do regularly, much like Unoka in comparison to Okoye. 6. "A snake was never called by its name at night, because it would hear." Pg. 9 paragraph 2

The act of fear is much more common in the dark. In the dark, people expect things to be lurking around the bend, waiting for someone to summon it. I can relate this selection to my past experiences with my friends. When we were in elementary school, we would go into a dark bathroom and say the name, "Bloody Mary." Even though this is so immature, we still feared the superstition that she could really be on the other side of the mirror, waiting to attack us when we summon her.

7. "Okonkwo ruled his house with a heavy hand. His wives, especially the youngest, lived in perpetual fear of his fiery temper, and so did his little children." Pg. 13 paragraph 1

This is the modern, everyday life of many unfortunate people. For People of all ages. You can hear on the news about wives and children and even husbands who were killed in acts of rage and domestic violence. Even though I am unable to relate to this certain passage, I was still touched and I actually felt sympathy for these fictitious characters.

8. "And so Okonkwo was ruled by one passion- to hate everything that his father Unoka had loved." Pg. 13 paragraph 1

I can relate this selection to not only myself, but to today's youth in general. Because many teenagers are forced into doing things that they don't want to do, (but their parents want for them,) they begin to spite what they are being forced to do. In this quote however, Okonkwo HATED his father, where as the people that I am referring to simply despise the fact that they are unable to make their own decisions or feel that they have a lack of freedom.

9. "Okonkwo's first son, Nwoye, was then twelve years old but was already causing his father great anxiety for his incipient laziness. At any rate, that was how it looked to his father, and he sought to correct him by constant nagging and beating. And so Nwoye was developing...
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