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Published on March 17, 2012

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Sacrificial Egg: Sacrificial Egg By: Chinua Achebe Author’s Background: Author’s Background Albert Chinụalụmọgụ (" May God fight on my behalf“) Achebe born 16 November 1930 a Nigerian novelist, poet, professor, and critic Raised by Mexicans on a farm parents in the Igbo town of Ogidi in South Eastern Nigeria He became fascinated with world religions and traditional African cultures, and began writing stories as a university student Author’s Background: Author’s Background Achebe writes his novels in English and has defended the use of English, a "language of colonisers", in African literature. When the region of Biafra broke away from Nigeria in 1967, Achebe became a supporter of Biafran independence and acted as ambassador for the people of the new nation. Achebe's novels focus on the traditions of Igbo society, the effect of Christian influences, and the clash of values during and after the colonial era. Author’s Background: Author’s Background He was married to Christie Okoli and they had daughter ( Chinelo ) and two sons ( Ikechukwu & Chidi ). March 22, 1990 he was riding in a car to Lagos when an axle collapsed and the car flipped and the weight of the vehicle fell on Achebe and his spine was severely damaged. H e was paralyzed from the waist down and would require the use of a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Author’s Works: Author’s Works Novels Things Fall Apart (1958) No Longer at Ease (1960) Arrow of God (1964) A Man of the People (1966) Anthills of the Savannah (1987) Short Stories Marriage Is A Private Affair (1952) Dead Men’s Patch (1953) The Sacrificial Egg and the other (1953) Civil Peace (1971) Author’s Works: Author’s Works Essays, Criticism, Non-Fiction and Political Commentary There was a Country: A personal history of Biafra (2012)- Forthcoming An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" (1975) - also in Hopes and Impediments Morning Yet on Creation Day (1975) The Trouble With Nigeria (1984) Hopes and Impediments (1988) Home and Exile (2000) The Igbo and their Perception of God, Human Beings and Creation, (2010) (forthcoming) Poetry Beware, Soul-Brother, and Other Poems (1971) (published in the US as Christmas at Biafra, and Other Poems, 1973) Don't let him die: An anthology of memorial poems for Christopher Okigbo (editor, with Dubem Okafor ) (1978) Another Africa (1998) Collected Poems Carcanet Press (2005) Refugee Mother And Child Vultures Summary:: Summary: The short story "The Sacrificial Egg" focuses on the co-existence of the two worlds – the past and the modern in a contemporary African village. The main character of the story Julius Obi is ironic about the beliefs of other residents of the village. He works as a clerk and thus education placed him above such superstitious stuff. He is going to marry a girl named Janet who lives in the village with her mother (Ma). PowerPoint Presentation: The character of Ma is fully based on the contrast between the two worlds. On the one hand, she is a good Christian, attends the church and even approved the candidacy of Julius for his daughter only because he used to sing in a church choir, on the other hand she believes in mystical forces influencing the life of people. Her character reveals how old beliefs and traditions are ousted by new ones. PowerPoint Presentation: One of the main conflicts in the story is contraposition of the rational thinking of the West and the irrational vision of the locals, which have historically developed for many generations. When Ma warns Julius about the activities of the evil deity Kitikpa who brings smallpox, he is ironic about her superstitions. However, when he walks along the river he steps on a sacrificial egg. When a few days later Ma and Janet die because of smallpox, the world changes for Julius. The irrational mystical forces he previously ignored revive again in his consciousness. View Points:: 1.Describe the economic and traditional function of the market in Africa. The traditional function of the market in Africa is used as the setting for the Nkwo Day or the giving of offerings to the deity and for the economic function, as we all know that market is a place for business matter (trade and money). View Points: PowerPoint Presentation: 2. What is kitikpa ? How much do the people known about modern medicine? Kitikpa is an evil deity or god of smallpox. Because of their own traditions and beliefs, people tend to follow their culture in healing process instead of using or following the modern medication. PowerPoint Presentation: 3. Why is Obi afraid when he hears the sound of the gong? Does he believe in evil spirits? This shows how suddenly Obi, although westernized, finds himself face to face with the culture he had decided to put aside. Therefore he realized how to respect their culture. PowerPoint Presentation: 4. What is the purpose of the egg? Is Obi aware of this rite? The egg is used to call the “sacrificial egg” because it is a form of offering to the deity. Obi is aware of this rite, but because he was being educated, he set aside this belief. PowerPoint Presentation: 5. What happens to Janet and her mother? Do you think what happens has some connection with the sacrificial egg? Janet and her mother Ma die because of smallpox. I don’t think it has a connection with the sacrificial egg although I respect their beliefs. Coz still there is scientifically explanation regarding to what the cause of Janet and Ma’s death. References:: References: PowerPoint Presentation: Go od Day! THANK YOU 

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