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  • DEAD MEN’S PATHbyCHINUAACHEBEWAN NURFATIN SYARMEMY BT. WM. AZMUDDIN D20091034408ANIS ZULAIKHA BT. BASRAH D20091034413ASMAAMIRA BT. HAMZAH D20091034422NOREHA BT. ALI D20091034397
  • SETTING• 1949 during the period when Great Britainruled Nigeria• Traditional and superstitious people of a smallAfrican village
  • THEMEStrong attachment towards tradition vs. ignorance over ancestry1. The villagers believe that the path isused by their dead relatives andancestors2. It is the path of children coming in tobe born3. The priest represent the villagers tospeak to Obi4. They follow the practices of theirfathers1. Obi never accepts the idea of thefootpath2. He ignores all the warnings andsticks to his decision3. He is being cynical and takes thewarnings lightly4. He is even suggesting onconstructing another path which willnot be in the school compound
  • ISSUES1. Enthusiasm on carrying the duty-Obi is described as young, energetic and full of ideas on modernizingthe school that he put his life into the work-He has had two aims; insisting a high standard of teaching andturning the school compound into a place of beauty-His wife, Nancy shares the enthusiasm that she starts planningabout the school compound-He thinks a lot about his duty that it affects his appearance
  • ISSUES2. The practice of modern way of thinking-Obi is being very realistic-accepting in a sensible way what is actuallypossible to happen-He questions about what has that path and the stories told got to do withthe school-He condemns the narrow views of those older and often less educatedheadmasters-His view about the whole purpose of the school
  • ISSUES3. The truth and existence of superstitiousbelief-The claim of the priest that the footpath is used by the ancestors to departand visit them-“the whole life of the village”-The path has been used since a very long time ago-before Obi was born andbefore his father was born-The death of the young woman is seems to be connected to the closure ofthe path-Prescription of heavy sacrifices to propitiate ancestors insulted by the fence
  • ISSUES4. Importance of respecting each others’views-The priest does not object Obi’s opinion on the purpose of the school andalso the fact that dead men do not need footpath-Obi does not even try to understand his explanation; being cynical by sayingthat the ancestors will not find the little detour too burdensome-He does not respect the villagers tradition that the villagers turn to ruin hisefforts on the school-Nobody has the right to stop the traditions, or to suddenly imply modernbeliefs and systems to replace the old ones-Modern society should never destroy the basis of a persons beliefs-Progress can only be achieved in cooperation with the people concerned
  • ISSUES1. Fear of being betrayed - Nancy2. Incapability of doing or stoppinganything from happen – the teacher,the priest, the villagers3. Result of being stubborn – Obi4. Western lifestyle – Nancy
  • SYMBOLISMS• Obi and Nancy – progress and Western values• The priest - traditional attitude of the villagers• The footpath – traditions of the villagers• Tribal war situation – the result of beingstubborn, cultural clash
  • - Progress cannot be imposed onthe respective people from above but needs to develop slowly in theirown minds but can only be supported but never enforced.- Michael fails because he doesn’t realize how deep the traditional believesanchor in the villagers’ minds and when he tries to eradicate and replacethem by his European Christian ways he has to face overpoweringresistance- His lack of respect for their values stirs up a huge conflict which ultimatelyleads to the failure of his project. This story is an excellent example for thecultural clash of African and European mentality and the incapability ofboth sides to respect each others differing positions.