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Things Fall Apart So Young Park Chapter Vocabulary Enricher
Cassava Definition: woody shrub of the Euphorbiaceae (spurge family) native to South America. Synonym: plant roots, Sentence: Cassava is cultivated for its edible starchy root which is a major source of carbohydrates. Etymology: 1555, from Port. cassave, from Taino (Haiti) caçabi. Anonym: Cassava tree (not the roots as used in the context) Page number: page 143, par.5.
Cassava This word comes up very often in the novel Things Fall Apart. When I looked up the meaning it meant a plant root that was commonly eaten in Africa. This word characterizes the unique and rural African setting of the story.
Resilient the readily, as Definition: Marked by the ability to recover readily, as from misfortune Synonym: flexible, tough, durable Sentence: Harmattan winds come along with dust to the village. Spanish the native Africa Etymology: from the Spanish harmatán, which was the native (Twi) name in western Africa Anonym: rigid, inflexible Page number: page 148, par.1.
Resilient This word evoked the image of a person who never gives up, like Okonkwo. Even when he was under the worst circumstances (the first year of his farming) he never gave up and became rich. This word can carry both negative and positive connotation. When it is used for natives’ resilient characteristics, it is positive but when it is used to refer to the whites who never give up their ambitions it might have negative connotation.
Apologies for those who were eating…just don’t look at this for more than 2 seconds (I put the mosaic effect though) Abomination Definition: something that is strongly hated or abominated, something that causes hatred or repugnance. Synonym: repugnance, disgust Sentence: She had Frank, a perverse stalker, in abomination. Etymology: c.1325, "feeling of disgust, hatred, loathing," from O.Fr. abomination, from L. abominationem (nom. abominatio) Anonym: fondness, attraction Page number: page 148, par.2.
Abomination Abomination is a very strong form of hatred which is often apparent in this story, including the hatred of villagers towards the whites who disparaged and ruined their civilization.
Preach Definition: to deliver a sermon Synonym: lecture, sermonize Sentence: The priest solemnly preached about the faith in god. Etymology: late O.E. predician, a loan word from Church L., reborrowed 12c. as preachen, from O.Fr. prechier (11c.), from L.L. predicare "to proclaim publicly, announce" (in M.L. "to preach"), Anonym: gossip, chat, converse Page number: page 153, par.1.
Preach I chose this word because it was specifically related to religion, which was a major theme of the book. This word makes me feel suddenly solemn because it evoked the image of a preacher seeking for the meaning of god.
Overzealous African spice that seed pods Definition: north African spice that include the seeds and seed pods Synonym: fervent, passionate Sentence: Some overzealous fans followed the pop star’s every action. a them and within of an Etymology: seeds have a papery skin enclosing them and the bumps of the seeds within this skin is reminiscent of an alligator's back Anonym: indifferent, dull, sullen Page number: page 159, par.2.
Overzealous This is a good word to describe someone who is excessively fervent. This word has slightly negative connotation, as it describes something as being too enthusiastic as to an extreme degree.
Scuffle Definition: a short disorganized fight Synonym: fight, brawl, fray, clash Sentence: The irate protestors got into scuffle with police force. Scottish, source skyfa "to Etymology: 1768, from Scottish, probably from a Scand. source related to O.N. skufa, skyfa "to shove." Anonym: concord, harmony Page number: page 166, par.3.
Scuffle This word fits in the story because manly villagers are likely to fight or scuffle. This word doesn’t make me think of bloody battle or any atrocities but rather closer image to skirmishes or random fights.
Vengeance Definition: the act of killing, injuring, or harming someone for revenge Synonym: revenge, payback Sentence: All his life, he growled his teeth with vengeance to his father who has abandoned him when he was young. Etymology: c.1400, hoveren, freq. of hoven "hover, tarry, linger" (c.1250), of unknown origin, chiefly nautical at first, of ships standing off a coast. Anonym: blessing, benefits Page number: page 171, 2 par.
Vengeance Vengeance is common in any novels. It is the start of conflict that builds up the story. This word makes me feel of the internal anger piling up and readying for a chance to revenge against my enemy. This definitely carries negative connotation.
Bale raw bound Definition: A large package of raw or finished material tightly bound with twine or wire and often wrapped Synonym: pack, bundle, parcel Sentence: Farmers laid down bales of hay under the scorching sun of October afternoon. Etymology: "large bundle or package," c.1325, from O.Fr. bale "rolled-up bundle," from a Gmc. source (cf. O.H.G. balla "ball") Anonym: a piece, one Page number: page 175, par. 2
Bale I think this word is appropriate for describing th erural lifestyle of Umuofia. Just as I have used bale of hay in the previous slide, this word makes me feel of simple civilization.