• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Opening Worlds (Stories from different cultures)

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Opening Worlds Dead Man's path is a story set in Nigeria during the year's of the Christian Missionaries, when European's tried to inflict culture, language and religion upon the people of Nigeria. This story shows how a new headmaster tries to bring modern methods to and old cultural village. In Pieces Of Silver it gives an insight about a poor little boy from the Caribbean trying to get money for his retiring headmaster who in the end is the man who gives him the money to save the poor boy from punishment who uses the money to help fellow pupils avoid the same punishment and humiliation. The twist in Dead Man's Path is reflected by the new headmaster, Michael Obi, who tries to bring his new modern methods of teaching and tries to create a new atmosphere in his workplace and surrounding neighbourhood. But his plan backfires when he upsets local villagers and clashes with their ancient beliefs. ...read more.

Middle

The next day as Clement awaits on the stage in front of the school he hands his acting headmaster the money but then realizes he has enough to help free the other boys who could not get the money, thus saving them from the humiliation. The writer's methods in Dead Man's Path portray the contrasts between characters in the story. Michael Obi is described as a young, enthusiastic man and his wife describes the methods he likes to use as modern and delightful when she says 'We shall have such beautiful gardens and everything will be just modern and delightful' which shows she has ambitions for Michael's career but are not exactly a shared view and her inconsideration for the villagers. On the other hand the priest is described as 'old' and says to Michael in the story '... we follow the practices of our fathers' this shows that if the priest is old then following his fathers actions must be very old from this it also tells us that the villagers have followed their ancestors doings for many years who would have followed their ancestors and so on. ...read more.

Conclusion

At the time of Dead Man's Path Nigerians would have found it hard to live in a society of clashing cultures because of the European Christian Missionaries disrupting the lifestyle of the country. Natives wouldn't have been able to life their life in the freedom they deserve and many changes would have led to deaths and wars in these parts of the countries which would have been a big shock to the young people inheriting their ancestors cultures but those cultures being altered by strangers. Also during the time Piece's Of Silver would have been written it shows how children's education was sacrificed for the sake of wealth and luxury and not caring about the psychological damage they are causing the children. Teachers were very few and far between back then as not many people were educated fully and the government were paying these teachers to share their knowledge with the pupils but took advantage and ran the school like a military camp. Liam Hughes 7104 39409 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our University Degree James Joyce section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related University Degree James Joyce essays

  1. Bernard MacLaverty - More Than Just The Disease

    to deal with it; perhaps she understood the condition but felt those around him would not; perhaps she felt that they would be regarded as 'unclean' and she already had the stigma and efforts of being a single parent to cope with.

  2. The Dead By James Joyce

    It can be reflected on as that the marriage between Gabriel and Gretta is more of a practical nature rather than of true love. It is also quite clear that Gretta still loves the boy she used to know over in Galway.

  1. Symbolization of Dublin Life.

    Farrington's son in "Counterparts" suffers at his hands. Due to Farrington's frustration and drinking, at the end of the story he lashes out at his son and strikes at him "viciously" with a stick: "The boy uttered a squeal of pain as the stick cut his thigh."

  2. While no major events take place in the opening chapter of Ulysses, it remains ...

    He is introspective, with high self-awareness, and also appears unhappier than Mulligan. The contrast of their introspective and extroverted characters are presented by the way they are described. When Mulligan speaks he is described as having a "gay voice," and he is also described "laughing with delight."

  1. Herman Melville's short story "Bartleby the Scrivener" introduces many interesting characters with many different ...

    From that moment on, he is less than productive, but the narrator's attempts to send him home early have never met with success. Nippers, the second copyist, is "...the victim of two evil powers-ambition and indigestion"(119). Though not a drinker, young Nippers' natural temperament is so irritable that it hardly matters.

  2. Akutagawa vs. Tolstoy: The Similarities and the Differences

    Although Akutagawa and Tolstoy's use of symbolism is comparable, the use of point of view is contrasting in that they were both created for different purposes. Akutagawa's use of point of view is intended to create shifts and conflict.

  1. With reference to any two short stories that you have studied in the course, ...

    This textual evidence denotes that Nicholas has been planning for a long time on how to go into the lumber room. At first, he acts like he did go into the gooseberry garden but he returns to his house.

  2. I choose to compare and contrast Nicholas and Paul's characteristics.

    He wanted luck, he wanted it, he wanted it...." he has a strong will to find out the meaning of luck. To Paul, luck is money and money is the way to get his mother's attention. Paul involved in horseracing gambling in looked for the moneys. He got the money which mean luck for him by rocking the horse.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work