Dead Men's Path Questions and Answers

Dead Men's Path

The main conflict involves Obi's refusal to open the ancestral pathway which connects to the universal conflict between modernity and traditional cultures. The main conflict surrounds a village...

Latest answer posted October 17, 2016, 3:19 pm (UTC)

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The setting in Chinua Achebe's "Dead Men's Path" is simple, even mundane, but it creates a serious conflict between Michael Obi and the villagers. The setting is merely a school, the Ndume Central...

Latest answer posted November 7, 2020, 3:03 pm (UTC)

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In Chinua Achebe's short story "Dead Men's Path," the zealous headmaster Michael Obi ridicules the local villagers for their traditional beliefs and is a staunch proponent of modernity. Michael Obi...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2020, 11:12 pm (UTC)

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Dead Men's Path

Chinua Achebe’s “Dead Men’s Path” teaches that actions must be driven by mutual respect for others and not by selfish desires or conceit. Achebe shows what happens when arrogance clouds one’s...

Latest answer posted August 10, 2019, 12:39 pm (UTC)

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In telling the story of an educated man who becomes a teacher in a small, rural village, Chinua Achebe explores the overall theme of the multiple ways that tradition conflicts with modernity....

Latest answer posted May 15, 2020, 6:17 am (UTC)

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Dead Men's Path

The entire conflict of this incredibly short story comes from the clashing viewpoints of Michael Obi and the priest of the village near his school. When Obi constructs his school, it is a source of...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2019, 5:28 pm (UTC)

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The path symbolizes both continuity and rupture in independent Nigeria. As the connection between past and future generations of Igbo people, the path represents the ongoing importance of...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2019, 5:41 pm (UTC)

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Dead Men's Path

The footpath connecting the village shrine to their place of burial that runs through the Ndume Central School's compound symbolically represents the ancestral beliefs and traditional culture of...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2018, 1:49 pm (UTC)

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Dead Men's Path

“Dead Men’s Path” is a 1953 short story written by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe. Michael Obi is the story’s central character. He is twenty-six years old and is married to Nancy Obi. Michael is...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2019, 9:25 pm (UTC)

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Michael Obi, the anti-hero in Dead Men’s Path, is introduced as a “young and energetic” newly appointed headmaster of Ndume Central School. The school is known for being “unprogressive” and...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2015, 2:26 pm (UTC)

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When tasked with analyzing the language of any story, you should pay attention to several literary elements simultaneously as you read. I teach my students an acronym to help them structure their...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2019, 5:18 pm (UTC)

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Michael Obi is highly contemptuous and intolerant of the ideas sacred to the villagers. He derides their sanctified traditional beliefs as irrational, illogical and superstitious. His antipathy to...

Latest answer posted October 22, 2015, 5:04 am (UTC)

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"Dead Men's Path" is a story about the conflict between tradition and modernity in Africa, particularly in matters of religion. A good thesis statement will bring out the details and subtleties of...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2021, 1:48 pm (UTC)

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Dead Men's Path

The main theme in Dead Men's Path, the path down which the newly dead depart, the long dead visit and newly born babies arrive, is the clash between the Christian religion and traditional African...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2010, 5:29 am (UTC)

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The ancestral footpath that runs through the Ndume School's compound is very important to the nearby villagers as it connects the village shrine with their place of burial. The village priest, Ani,...

Latest answer posted December 18, 2018, 10:20 am (UTC)

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The author uses direct and indirect characterization to reveal Michael Obi's character to us. Direct characterization: He had had sound secondary school education which designated him a "pivotal...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2018, 6:50 pm (UTC)

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Dead Men's Path

The man versus society conflict is most easily identified in Achebe's short story, "Dead Men's Path." The headmaster, Michael Obi, faces extreme tension with the people of the village. Due to his...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2018, 2:20 am (UTC)

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Nancy is disappointed to hear that the other teachers at the school aren't married. She isn't disappointed for long, however. When Michael is talking about his appointment to be headmaster at the...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2019, 6:22 pm (UTC)

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A moral is a lesson that can be taken from a piece of literature. In the case of this story, the clear lesson is that BALANCE is of the utmost importance. Mr. Obi, the headmaster of the school,...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2008, 7:06 am (UTC)

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Throughout the story, the overly energetic, progressive headmaster Michael Obi attempts to beautify his compound by blocking the villagers' footpath, which leads from their shrine to their place of...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2017, 3:22 am (UTC)

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Dead Men's Path

The title has both literal and metaphorical meaning. In the West African village where the story takes place, the Igbo people visit the cemetery. Because they believe that their ancestors, who are...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2019, 3:31 am (UTC)

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Dead Men's Path

In Chinua Achebe's short story "Dead Men's Path," Michael Obi's fixation on all things "modern" prevents him from compromise or acceptance of the village beliefs and traditions. His inability to...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2018, 12:59 pm (UTC)

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Dead Men's Path

Michael Obi is a progressive, enthusiastic young man with aspirations of one day becoming appointed headmaster of a school. At the beginning of the story, Michael Obi's dream is fulfilled when the...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2018, 12:17 pm (UTC)

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Dead Men's Path

Chinua Achebe’s Dead Men’s Path is about a young, enthusiastic Nigerian teacher sent with his wife to a remote village to modernize its school only to clash head-on with the ancient tribal...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2014, 11:52 pm (UTC)

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Achebe says this in his "author's perspective" afterword to the story "Dead Men's Path." The story is itself about a crossroads of cultures in Africa, in that the new teacher, Obi, with his...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2019, 2:40 pm (UTC)

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You have put your finger one a very important aspect of Michael Obi's characterization here. When he begins to get the school back in shape we, as readers, can see that Michael Obi values both...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2015, 11:42 pm (UTC)

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Chinua Achebe's "Dead Men's Path" is set in the fictional Ndume Central School, which has generally been presumed to be located somewhere in rural Nigeria at the time of British colonial rule,...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2019, 6:51 pm (UTC)

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I will focus my answer on the first half of your question on “Dead Men’s Path.” It’s clear to see Achebe sets up two different perspectives on life through two principal characters. In Achebe’s...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2018, 5:55 pm (UTC)

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In a story, the inciting incident can be defined as an event in the narrative that launches the main action. Furthermore, it grabs our attention, hooking us into the story, making us want to know...

Latest answer posted December 28, 2020, 1:13 pm (UTC)

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In “Dead Men’s Path,” Michael Obi is described as being the type of “young and energetic” person that the Mission authorities want to send to Ndume Central School. The school was “unprogressive,”...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2019, 5:18 am (UTC)

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Dead Men's Path

Michael Obi in Chinua Achebe's story “Dead Men's Path” has plenty of ideas. He wants the school and its grounds to be “a place of beauty,” filled with gardens and flowers and hedges, just right to...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2021, 1:03 am (UTC)

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Dead Men's Path

The battle-lines between the two sides are drawn in the first paragraph of “Dead Men’s Path.” Michael Obi is young, energetic and educated, a reforming headmaster with big ideas. Ndume Central...

Latest answer posted October 23, 2019, 6:19 am (UTC)

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Dead Men's Path

As with much of his work, Chinua Achebe's short story "Dead Men's Path" depicts the friction between Africans and colonizing Europeans. The story concerns Michael Obi, who is made the headmaster of...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2020, 11:36 pm (UTC)

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Dead Men's Path

The path mentioned in the story’s title is the most important symbol. In addition, the flower garden plays a significant symbolic role. The path symbolizes the traditions of the village people and...

Latest answer posted April 8, 2021, 5:58 am (UTC)

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Dead Men's Path

Michael Obi and his wife are a young married couple, who hope to turn the "backward" Nigerian school into a prospering education center which has high standards and teaches modern methods. Michael...

Latest answer posted July 13, 2018, 12:24 am (UTC)

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Dead Men's Path

The short story "Dead Men's Path" focuses upon Michael Obi, a twenty-six year old teacher who has recently been promoted and is to take over as the headmaster of a struggling school. Obi is...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2019, 2:16 pm (UTC)

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One contrast between Michael and the villagers is their understanding of cultural identity. For Michael, indigenous cultural identity is dismissed as "backwards" and "narrow views." Michael fails...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2013, 9:22 am (UTC)

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Dead Men's Path

Chinua Achebe’s short story “Dead Man’s Path” tells the story of Michael Obi, a zealous missionary determined to impress his superiors in the Mission Authority. Obi prides himself in his “modern...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2020, 3:28 pm (UTC)

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Dead Men's Path

In Chinua Achebe's "Dead Men's Path," there is an ancient path that runs through the local school's property. To the villagers, this path is the way that babies enter the world and the dead leave....

Latest answer posted April 3, 2020, 12:17 am (UTC)

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Dead Men's Path

In Chinua Achebe's short story "Dead Man's Path," Michael Obi offends the local tribe by blocking their ancestral footpath, which crosses the school's compound. Michael Obi is portrayed as a young,...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2017, 1:55 pm (UTC)

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Dead Men's Path

It is important to note that the author, Chinua Achebe, produced a body of work largely concerned with the cultural impact of British influence in Africa through colonization. In the case of “Dead...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2018, 10:55 pm (UTC)

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Chinua Achebe says that Michael Obi had two aims as headmaster of Ndume School: to maintain a high standard of teaching, and to turn the school compound into "a place of beauty." The local people's...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2020, 9:10 am (UTC)

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Dead Men's Path

The path of the story's title is a longstanding fixture of the village. It's more than just a path, though: it's a physical expression of the villagers' traditional beliefs. As such, it must be...

Latest answer posted July 26, 2021, 8:34 am (UTC)

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Dead Men's Path

This quote represents a conflict between tradition and progress. Obi arrives at the school with hopes of modernizing the school where he has been appointed headmaster. He reflects that it is...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2021, 3:00 am (UTC)

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Dead Men's Path

In the short story "Dead Man's Path," Michael Obi is the zealous headmaster of the Ndume Central School, where he attempts to educate and modernize the traditional community. After discovering an...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2018, 11:13 pm (UTC)

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There is some important context to consider before answering this question, namely some context on "repression" and the "unconscious." The theory of psychological repression was first proposed by...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2016, 5:32 pm (UTC)

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Dead Men's Path

The female lead in the story is Nancy Obi. With her husband, Michael, Nancy aims to work towards modernizing the backward school system her husband, the new principal, has inherited. Nancy also...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2016, 7:26 pm (UTC)

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Dead Men's Path

The path in the story runs through a Nigerian village, connecting the cemetery to a shrine in the village. Not only do the villagers walk on it to the burial ground, they also believe that their...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2018, 4:18 am (UTC)

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Dead Men's Path

When headmaster Michael Obi prevents the villagers from using their traditional footpath in Chinua Achebe's story “Dead Men's Path,” the village priest comes to visit him. The priest is courteous...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2021, 12:11 am (UTC)

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The key theme of continuity and change in this excellent tale is communicated principally by the protagonist, Michael Obi, and his wife, Nancy. Note their attitude about the backward school that...

Latest answer posted February 15, 2012, 4:41 pm (UTC)

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