Presentation on theme: "The story of my first marriage. . ."— Presentation transcript:
1 The story of my first marriage. . . Things Fall ApartThe story of my first marriage. . .
2 Preconceptions of Africa In your notes, free-write for two minutes on what comes to mind when you listen to the excerpt about Africa from Joseph Conrad’s novel, The Heart of DarknessWhat images do you see?What words leap out at you?What conclusions can you draw based on the descriptions?Be prepared to share your thoughts during class discussion
3 Chinua Achebe Born in southern Nigeria 1930 Raised by Christian parentsLearned English in the missionary schoolsDissatisfied by Colonialist’s account of AfricaPublished Things Fall Apart in 1958 through a company in England
4 The Igbo People Southeastern Nigeria One of several peoples in the regionOver eight million people today
5 Igbo Religion and Beliefs Ancestry WorshipThe Oracle/DivinerMasks and EgwugwuWeek of PeaceFeast of the New YamPolytheistic“Chukwu”“Chi”Ancestry Worship: one must appease the spirits of the dead in order to be successfulOracle: one who communes with the gods; gives advice to create a healthy societyEgwugwu: one becomes the dead ancestor when donning the maskWeek of Peace: before the planting of yam seeds; pleases the gods for an abundant harvestFeast of New Yam: celebration before harvesting to honor Ani, the earth goddess and ancestorsChukwu: the supreme god
6 Igbo Culture Foods Yams, palm oil, kola nut Yams = men’s work Polygamy Proverbs“If one finger brought oil, it soiled the others”“If a child washes his hands, he can eat with kings”American samples?
7 Christian Missionaries Arrived in Nigeria in late 19th CenturySome were comprised of former British slaves1792:1000 ex-slavesEstablished schools, hospitals, and churchesSometimes used harsh governing methodsEx: slaughter entire communities; take village elders hostage; pay Africans to rule harshly
8 Reading Strategy: Predict Make three predictions as to what will happen in this story. You may comment on setting, character, conflict, or plot.