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Interpretation and Analysis of Proverbs in Things Fall Apart

Interpretation and Analysis of Proverbs in Things Fall Apart

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 Proverbs are wise sayings that address the heart of the discourse in anygiven context, truthfully and objectively. In Africa and in Nigerian culturesespecially, they are considered the reliable horses, which convey meanings totheir destinations or hearts of the listeners. This study investigates aspects of 
the meaning of proverbs in the work of a Nigerian author, Achebe’s Thi
ngsFall Apart. It is contended that meanings of Nigerian proverbs can be workedout within the semantic, referential, ideational, stimulus-response, realist andcontextual theories. Types of meaning and proverbs are addressed andsituated within the two works. It is advanced that proverbs play significantroles in clarifying, exemplifying, underscoring and influencing communication.With the broadly analyzed proverbs
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the study attempts to further demonstrate the vitality of semantics and pragmatics in negotiating meaningespecially in a second language context.Proverbs are common features of conversational eloquence in many African
cultures, especially in Nigeria. Such “wise sayings” are usually acquired andlearnt from listening to the elders’
talk. Given the vintage position that theelders occupy in various African traditions as the human repository of communal or primordial wisdom, they are the masters of eloquence, rhetoricand meaning. They are the ones who know how to impregnate shortexpr 
essions with vast meanings, implicating the proverb, “it is the elder’smouth that determines a ripe kola nut”.
 
Several definitions of the term “proverb” abound in literature. The central ideain the definitions is that a proverb is “an adage, saying, maxi
m, precept, saw
or any synonym of such that expresses conventional truth”.
 
 
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From Things Fall Apart  1. The sun will shine on those who stand before it shines on thosewho kneel under them p.6
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ReferentialType: Denotative/Connotative Analysis: The proverb makes reference to a cosmic body, the sun, with a viewto evoking its sense
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that those who strive and work (by remaining standing)will benefit from the fruit of their work before those who depend on them (bykneeling or deriving succor from them). While the inference of discouragingdependency can be made, the message is mainly that those who do not facethe challenges of life and work assiduously defying sunshine should satisfythemselves with the crumbs that fall from the table of the hardworking ones.The proverb discourages laziness and implies the need for everyone to behard-working.
2. If a child washed his hands, he could eat with kings.p.6
Theory: RealistTypes: Denotative, thematic Analysis: The proverb portrays the honor and dignity attributed to cleanlinessand responsibility. It thematizes hands washing, a good character training andhygienic way of eating as a sine qua non to honor. We infer that if a persondoes the right thing at the right time, as the proverb entails good fortune,

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