Short Story Anthology
Stories one particular -6
" Short Tales From Different Cultures”
Almost all 12 stories can be reviewed for in English Literature Paper 2 . This guide covers the first half a dozen stories (‘Dead Men's Path' to ‘The Tall Female and Her Short Husband).
The second group of half a dozen stories (‘The Pieces of Silver' to ‘The Winter Oak') is used in Paper 2 of the The english language exam as well as the Literature examination. These are covered in a independent booklet.
Inquiries can be regarding character, motif or culture. You also need to be able to say how a language mcdougal uses increases the reader's understanding of character, theme etc, or how that adds to the general enjoyment of the story, so you will probably be finding and explaining quotations.
Questions often focus on two stories therefore it is useful to know some of the backlinks between tales so you can find which ones are usually paired. The ‘Connections' planning will help you right here.
You will have a selection of three queries. The first is often a framework question, which usually prints a great extract so that you can focus on. Various other questions might allow you to choose which tales you answer on.
You will find a copy of Opening Worlds in the examination, but it will never be your individual annotated copy; you will for that reason need to get to know the stories well ahead of time. Dead In a number of Path by Chinua Achebe
Useless Men's Route begins with Michael Obi being equiped Head Master of Ndume Central University. He wanted the school to become progressive and modern; he scorned classic cultural philosophy.
Mr Obi found an old girl hobbling inside the hedges and noticed that there was clearly a route running throughout the school. This individual decided to ignore the cultural history of the path and cover it with fencing and barbed wire.
The community priest frequented the Mr Obi to discuss the drawing a line under of the route; he said the closure of the route would prevent spirits going into and going out of the community. The clergyman asked Mister Obi to reopen the way to prevent quarrels. Mr Obi refused the proposal and said that the way was ‘against our regulations'. He recommended they create a new path that skirted the property.
A lady died in the village in childbirth as well as the villagers were angry which the closure in the path had angered all their ancestors. They ransacked the school and took down the fences and flowerbeds surrounding the path.
A great inspector arrived at the school and criticised Obi's handling in the situation.
Michael Obi is the main character in the account. While this individual has positive qualities like being learned, young and fervent, his world of one, unwillingness to listen and refusal to endanger are his downfall.
He thinks that even though ideas are contemporary they are right and he laughs for and insults anything that he sees since old fashioned. Eventually, this makes him look ridiculous; the story starts with him stating ‘what a grand opportunity we have now at last showing these people what sort of school must be run' (43/44) and ends with the report which identifies the tribe war situation developing between your school and the village, developing in part in the misguided enthusiasm of the fresh headmaster' (112/114).
‘Young and energetic' (5), ‘many wonderful ideas' (6), ‘with enthusiasm' (6), sound secondary institution education' (7/8) ‘He was outspoken in the condemnation with the narrow opinions of these more mature and often less-educated (teachers). ' (10/11) ‘His passion intended for modern methods' (17)
‘The whole reason for this university is to eradicate just this sort of beliefs … Our responsibility is to educate your children to laugh in such ideas' (90/91).
Obi's better half shares his beliefs. She is a shallow person, more interested in showing off her status and impressing other folks than producing their lives better.
‘She began to find herself currently as the admired wife of the small headmaster, the queen in the school. The wives of some other teachers might envy her position. She'd...