Paremiology (from the Greek – a study of Proverbs)
Paremiography (a collection of Proverbs)
Part 1: The Prologue
There are 3 difficulties with proverbs. First, as metaphors, they must be recognized and deciphered correctly. Two, they must be remembered and used appropriately. Three, one who is skilled in their use must have an APPROPRIATE proverb for nearly EVERY occasion. This last difficulty is really why the oldest members of the Ibo are considered the most wise. They have heard them all!
Have handy a good concise definition of Proverb and Aphorism. When having an
intelligent discussion, it is nice to have a clear idea of our terms. Giving examples is
great, but having a good definition to offer as well is even better. This will lead off your
paper, setting topic.
Have a short introduction after your definitions that discuss your experiences, thoughts,
interests, reflections, observations, and/or concerns about this topic.
Part 2: The Pariography
Collect the Proverbs of Things Fall Apart (6 from throughout the text)
Reproduce the proverb in an appropriate quotation (MLA format).
Summarize the plot events that produce the proverb’s utterance and indicate who utters
Decipher the general metaphorical meaning of the proverb.
Explain why the proverb’s content/wisdom is appropriate to the situation and the
character uttering the proverb.
We have discussed how our culture uses proverbs. However, it seems by the general slowness with which we identify them as ‘ours’ might mean that our culture does not put as much value on these ‘bits of wisdom’ as 1) we have in the past, and 2) as the Ibo and other African culture do and have in the past. Have you wondered which other cultures hold ‘wisdom-sayings’ as immensely important parts of their cultural heritage, a measure of skill or intelligence, an indication of personal potential, or even as political or religious... [continues]
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