Sunday, March 12, 2006

I found another poem that I believe desicrbes Okonkwo. This poem depicts fear. In my opinion, when Christianity was introduced to Okonkwo's society, I believe he became fearful of the changes. However, his whole life was based on fear. The fear of failure and the fear of becoming his father caused Okonkwo to build a mental wall of igorant around his personality and is true emotions. What do you think this poem depicts about Okonkwo (or any other characters of Things Fall Apart)?
I Fear
By: Sri Chinmoy
I fear to speak, I fear to speak:
My tongue is killed, my heart is weak.
I fear to think, I fear to think.
My mind is wild and apt to sink.
I fear to see, I fear to see.
I eat the fruits of ignorance-tree.
I fear to love, I fear to love.
A train of doubts around, above.
I fear to be, I fear to be.
Long dead my life of faith in me.

Saturday, March 11, 2006

I found a poem that I think best expresses how the people of Umuofia felt when they heard Okonkwo committed suicide. In my opinion, when Okonkwo killed himself, I think many people who looked up to him felt as if they lost a hero. In fact, even Obierika stated that a great man was lost (in the scene where he asked the District Comissiooner's men to cut down Okonkwo). In this poem, I believe the feelings of all of the people in the village as well as the loss of hope when the news spread about Konkwo is expressed in this poem. What do you think?
When Ure Hero Falls
By: Tupac Shakur
when your hero falls from grace
all fairy tales r uncovered
myths exposed and pain magnified
the greatest pain discovered
u taught me 2 be strongbut im confused 2 c u so weak
u said never 2 give up
and it hurts 2 c u welcome defeat
when ure hero falls so do the stars
and so does the perception of tomorrow
without my hero there is only
me alone 2 deal with my sorrow
your heart ceases 2 work
and your soul is not happy at all
what r u expected 2 do
when ure only hero falls

Friday, March 10, 2006

I found a poem that I believe describe Okonkwo's feelings after he was exiled to his motherland. This poem describe his feelings of how he feels he was not living his life the best way that he could, yet he believed that his gods would help him have a better life after the seven years were over. What do you think?
Failure
by Shawn Pearson
To try and try and yet come up short,to hang my head while giving report,not able to make anything right,turns brightest day to darkest night.Amidst thoughts of strength to find myself weakbrings a gut-wrenching pain of which my heart cannot speak.Failure has never been part of my plan.I curse times I don’t, when I know that I can.My standard, my goal, my hope is perfection,yet I am met with regret, rebuke and rejection.Failure is a companion I have grown to despise, its taunts and its laughs are not found in your eyes.In you I can see love, understanding and more.You think me a winner regardless life’s score.When I’ve nearly given up, drowning in failure,you life my life, my sight, my plight to the Savior.A loving like yours in this life is most glorious,although I’m imperfect with you and Christ I’m victorious.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

After reading and reviewing the book in class, I would like to know how the class discussions about Things Fall Apart have changed your opinion about the book. In class, I am sure that everyone heard about their different opinions of Okonkwo and his actions. I would like to know what your opinions of Okonkwo and his actions were before the class discussions, and what were your opinions after the discussions.
As for me, before the class discussions, I thought Okonkwo was an ignorant, stubborn, and narrow-minded person who needed to be taught to be more open-minded. However, after the class discussions, I thought that Okonkwo might have an a brain disorder, such as depression or bipolar disorder. Hi actions and behavior leads to me make this conclusion. What do you think? Comment on my blog!