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Chinua Achebe wanted to present a credible, clear picture of his native land; therefore‚ he revealed the beliefs of his native African tribe through his inclusion of their proverbs. He understood that one method of educating the members was for the tribesmen to express life and the lessons gained from experience through metaphorical expression: “Among the Ibo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm oil with which words are eaten.” (Pg. 7) Proverbs, sometimes referred to as adages in literature, are basically sayings that set forth a general truth and have gained credit through long use. Many important proverbs are biblical, while some of the most famous proverbs originated in literature. In addition, most all proverbs are based on experience. Still, there are proverbs that reflect a culture and provide the reader with an understanding of the history or sociological foundation of particular areas of the world. Based on your own knowledge and using all available resources, compile a list of proverbs associated with the categories in the following chart. Locate four proverbs for each category‚ and explain what you believe to be the meaning of those proverbs. One from each category has been done for you. Note to Teacher: Answers will vary. Encourage students to interview parents or grandparents for the proverbs of experience. You may also want to limit their literary proverbs to one per author; otherwise, they may opt to use all Shakespearean proverbs in this category.
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Name: ________________________________ Date:_________________ Pre-Reading Proverbs Objective: Understanding the importance of proverb as a literary concept Identifying with a culture through language Activity Authors utilize proverbs to emphasize important morals, life lessons, and truths. These concise sayings provide the readers with a glimpse into the characters, settings, plot, and themes valuable to the literary work. Chinua Achebe wanted to present a credible, clear picture of his native land; therefore‚ he revealed the beliefs of his native African tribe through his inclusion of their proverbs. He understood that one method of educating the members was for the tribesmen to express life and the lessons gained from experience through metaphorical expression: “Among the Ibo the art of conversation is regarded very highly, and proverbs are the palm oil with which words are eaten.” (Pg. 7) Proverbs, sometimes referred to as adages in literature, are basically sayings that set forth a general truth and have gained credit through long use. Many important proverbs are biblical, while some of the most famous proverbs originated in literature. In addition, most all proverbs are based on experience. Still, there are proverbs that reflect a culture and provide the reader with an understanding of the history or sociological foundation of particular areas of the world.
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