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Alright, I'm here. Give me the details on what it's supposed to be about ^_^
Write a well-crafted topic paragraph discussing how either Achebe or Silko uses setting, characters, or plot to communicate the theme of CONTINUITY and change in his or her story. You should use specific examples from the text to support your argument. Your assignment should be typed in 12-point font with standard margins and should meet the length requirements. For extra help on completing your assignment, click your practice guide.
This is the task
Leslie Marmon Silko, an accomplished Native American contemporary writer, was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1948. She has a mix of Laguna Pueblo, Mexican, and white ancestry. Silko grew up at the Pueblo of Laguna, located in west central New Mexico. The word pueblo, meaning "village" in Spanish, refers to southwestern American Indian peoples inhabiting the Colorado Plateau and the Middle Rio Grande areas. Pueblo culture includes such groups as the Hopi and the Laguna. The Laguna Pueblo settlement is found in the midwestern region of New Mexico, near the Rio Grande. Laguna Pueblo people speak the Keresan language; their society has a maternal-line system of kinship that forbids a man from marrying within his clan; their religion is highly spiritual and pantheistic (it recognizes spirits in the natural world). Chinua Achebe was born in Ogidi, Nigeria, the son of a teacher in a missionary school. His parents taught him the values of their traditional Igbo culture, but were devout Protestants and christened him Albert after Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria. At the university Achebe rejected his British name and took his indigenous name Chinua. The Igbo (or Ibo) tribe originated in an area about 100 miles north of the confluence of the Niger and Benue rivers. The first Igbo in the region may have moved into that region between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago. The majority of Igbo are farmers. Their staple crop is yam, and the yam harvest festival is a time of celebration. Before the influence of Europeans and Christian missionaries, most Igbo practiced some form of ancestor worship, which held that in order to gain success in this world, one must appease of the spirits of the dead.
Whoa That's intimidating...
I guess we have to start somewhere, what do you think is the first thing we need to do?
To develop a topic sentence, I want my paragraph to be about Achebe
The first thing would be to come up with a topic sentence.
Okay that sounds right to me, write some ideas down on paper and tell me what you get
How about " Chinua Abeche was involved in many different Spanish cultures growing up".
Alright, it sounds good, then you need to introduce what your going to talk about in your paragraphs.
The setting, characters, or plot is what I need to use to describe it.
Have analysed setting, characters, plot and style?
Yes, that's the part that is confusing me because it's already describing this stuff in the text
Here's a rough collage/paraphrase of a couple people's analysis on style and continuity. Hopefully someone can add to it. Style is easy because it draws from oral tradition of the Igbo people, weaving folk tales in his stories and highlighting community values.. For example Earth and Sky in Things Fall Apart, stresses interdependency in both males and females. Although Nwoye enjoys hearing his mother tell the tale, Okonkwo's dislike for it is evidence of his imbalance. Later, Nwoye avoids beatings from his father by pretending to dislike such "women's stories". The theme of continuity and change are presented through the characters such as one of the oldest members of the umunna at the end of Chapter 19, who rises to thank Okonkwo for holding the feast that they are enjoying. His speech is particularly important to the issues that the tribe are confronting and speak of the way in which lack of unity is allowing change to become stronger than continuity. Note what he says to the assembled crowd: ‘But I fear for you young people because you do not understand how strong is the bond of kinship. You do not know what it is to speak with one voice. And what is the result? An abominable religion has settled among you. A man can now leave his father and his brothers. He can curse the gods of his fathers and his ancestors, like a hunter's dog that suddenly goes mad and turns on his master. I fear for you; I fear for the clan.’ His speech clearly explains what he fears is happening to the tribe in the way that its unity is becoming subtley undermined by Christianity which is eroding the continuity of the tribe, which is presented through the first section of the book as we are introducted to a culture and values and norms that have remained inviolate for centuries. This character, although he is nameless, is used by Achebe therefore to indicate the way in which Christianity as a foreign religion is acting as something like a cancer, slowly and secretly destroying tribal practices.
It's not really asking for style
Which part of this do I put in my actual paragraph
What text of his are you even studying. That was just some random analysis from Earth and Sky in Things Fall Apart which is arguable his most well known work.
Chinua Achebe was born in Ogidi, Nigeria, the son of a teacher in a missionary school. His parents taught him the values of their traditional Igbo culture, but were devout Protestants and christened him Albert after Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria. At the university Achebe rejected his British NAME and took his indigenous name Chinua. The Igbo (or Ibo) tribe originated in an area about 100 miles north of the confluence of the Niger and Benue rivers. The first Igbo in the region may have moved into that region between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago. The majority of Igbo are farmers. Their staple crop is yam, and the yam harvest festival is a time of celebration. Before the influence of Europeans and Christian missionaries, most Igbo practiced some form of ancestor worship, which held that in order to gain success in this world, one must appease of the spirits of the dead.
^^^ This is the only text of his I was provided with.
This is just his biography. Yeah Im not sure what your teachers want. I thought you were actually studying his novels. That's what I did last year. Sorry I cant really help. Hopefully someone else can mate.