Essay on Dead Men's Path by Chinua Achebe

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“Dead Men’s Path” by Chinua Achebe

In this short story “Dead Men’s Path,” Chinua Achebe gives the protagonist an exciting chance to fulfill his dream. Michael Obi was fixed officially headmaster of Ndume Central School, which was backward in every sense. He had to turn the school into a progressive one, however the school received a bad report when the supervisor came to inspect. Why did the school get a nasty report and Obi could not become a glorious headmaster even though he put his whole life into it? In order to find out the answer, we have to examine Michael Obi’s personality and the event that made the supervisor to write an airier result. Michael Obi was a secondary school teacher. “The Ndume Central School had
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“ Obi had two aims. A high standard of teaching was insisted upon and the school compound was to be turned into a place of beauty” (331). One evening Obi saw an old woman from the village walking slowly right across the compound. “On going up there he found faint signs of an almost disused path from the village across the school compound to the bush on the other side” (332). From one of his teachers, he discovered out that the path connects the village shrine with the villagers’ place of burial. To close that path, “Obi planted heavy sticks closely across the path at two places where it entered and left the school premises. These were further strengthened with barbed wire” (332). Since he was well prepared with all solutions to all problems, how come he could not become a man of the school? Why did the superintendent not like this passionate school? The main reason the supervisor did not write a decent report was the condition of the school premises. When the Government Education Officer came to inspect the school, “the beautiful hedges were torn up not just near the path, but right round the school, and flowers were tripled to death. One of the school building was pulled down” (333). The author did not tell us who lacerated this school. After reading the story, we can tell that it was the people of the
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