It might have been a tradition and have been there forever but now times have changed. There are some opinions about the story and the message it seems to give that there is no wrong to people when they have strong beliefs in there tradition, and if it is threatened they will fight to keep it alive. Michael Obi was fixed officially headmaster of Ndume Central School, which was backward in every sense. With the help of his wife Nancy, he wanted to show how a modern school should be run. Nancy planted flowers of many different colours that blossomed when the rain set in.
In order to find out the answer, we have to examine Michael Obi's personality and the event that made the supervisor to write an airier result. Obi was a juvenile and a jaunty man. The characterizations of Michael Obi and the priest are used to portray the conflict. It is an opportunity in where he can put his wonderful and new modern. Why did the school get a nasty report and Obi could not become a glorious headmaster even though he put his whole life into it? Obi chooses to disregard his warning not to barricade the pathway. It conveys the lesson which states that traditions should not be changed into new ones and it should also be not ignored. They destroy the new so they can keep the old.
Michael does not tolerate the beliefs of the villagers and so do the villagers on the ideas of Michael Bentley 1. At the end, I will state the conflicts and consequences that resulted because of Obi's character and approach. Therefore, Michael puts a fence and a barbed wire across the path blocking it. The central theme of the story is the way in which family members of the same African American family honor their heritage. Recognition of brain death is crucial in medical practice given the medical, bioethical and legal contestations associated with brain death.
He was an Education Officer and he could have used his position to promote a discussion among local people in order to analyze the benefits of both old and new and the discussion would enable villagers to choose what they think would be the best for them. . The protagonist of the story, Michael Obi, represents the modern traditions with narrow-minded beliefs. Michael Obi was a secondary school teacher. The former of these depicts conflict between Michael Obi, the new headmaster of the Ndume School, and the local village of Ani; the latter portrays the homecoming of a young African American woman to her poor mother and sister.
To me real learning for life is what you learn every day from other people not just what you learn from lessons and school. Even though Obi accepted his responsibility with enthusiasm, he could not become a great principal. In this theme as explained in the story, Michael Oli wanted a development at the institution abut the problem is; the villagers are a source of hindrance to his development plan for the school. The main one he uses is the path. The priest explains the significance of the path and its importance in relation to the animist beliefs of the villagers. The plot, or what's happing, of the fairytale Cinderella centers around an evil stepmother and two stepsisters who mistreat and take advantage of the only daughter, Cinderella, of a weak, controllable guy who is entering a second marriage.
After all, education helps people to break the chains of slavery and have a free mind. The old woman is seen as the heritage of the village and the school as a new beginning. It would therefore mean that the new start opposes what was there before, the established roots and culture, that it does not recognize the past. These are both short stories from the Opening Worlds book by Heinemann. To prove my point I will, first of all, show how Michael Obi's bad approach in imposing modernization resulted into a conflict. Therefore, the villagers had to offer sacrifices to the spirits to end their unhappiness.
In order to find out the answer, we have to examine Michael Obi's personality and the event that made the supervisor to write an airier result. A turn of events unfolded as the main character was besieged with the dilemma regarding the requested retention of the traditional path, a spiritual realm of transcendence from this world to the next, or sheer disregard for cultural values of local. Traditionally, permanent cessation of the respiratory and cardiovascular functions was relied on to determine death. Ndume School has been not progressing for a long time. He has encompassed in his novels one century of history of Nigeria. Thus it would not be wrong here to suggest that the attitude employed by Obi is not only insulting but also humiliating which in reality ends in nothing short of being remarked. Three days later the village priest contacted Obi.
History as shown since written account of people have been recorded that man has always dreamed of being able to be like birds and fly. Michael Obi had built a miserable garden around the school. Michael Obi was ignorant of others beliefs he held hostility to traditional African beliefs, believing that they should be erased. I think this is very symbolic it that Chinua Achebe would have been 19 in 1949, so this whole story may be based on what his hopes and dreams were, he eventually became a teacher, so maybe he wanted to become a headmaster and not just a teacher. It is clear that society is influenced by higher authorities.