Dead Men’s Path By Chinua Achebe . Chinua Achebe was born in a village in eastern Nigeria in 1930. He was the son of a missionary school teacher. He was raised as a devout Christian, with the traditions of a local tribe.
Chinua Achebe was born in a village in eastern Nigeria in 1930.
He was the son of a missionary school teacher.
He was raised as a devout Christian, with the traditions of a local tribe.
He was educated in London, but returned to Africa to complete his education in 1953.
Michael Obi is appointed to headmaster of the unprogressive Ndume Central School.
Mr. Obi is excited about this opportunity b/c he wants to prove his ability by making the school modern.
Mr. Obi has two goals: implement a high level of education and make the school beautiful.
Later in the story we find Mr. Obi is making great progress towards his goals.
The conflict begins when Mr. Obi sees an old village women walking through the flower beds to get to the other side of the campus.
After closing the path a priest comes to speak with Mr. Obi. The priest tells Mr. Obi to reopen the path, saying that the path is important b/c it’s the path for the dead and the new life entering the world.
The villagers destroy the campus as a sacrifice for the death of the woman and child, and to appease their ancestors.
The protagonist is Mr. Obi, the antagonist is the cultural values of the villagers, which is best represented by the priest. Minor characters include Mr. Obi’s wife, the old village woman, Mr. Obi’s colleague, the inspector that writes the letter and the village women & baby that die and triggers the villagers uprising.
The place is important to the story b/c only in an “unprogressive” part of the world would you encounter people who hold such value on the path, and be unwilling to compromise a new route to their burial grounds.
The main symbol in Dead Men’s Path is the path itself. The path represents beliefs and traditions that the villagers follow.
The irony is important to the story b/c it illustrates the central theme of respecting long held traditions. Irony also provides a style for the authors writing and give the story a circular movement to the plot and reinforces the theme.