Reflection On Things Fall Apart Socratic Seminar

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Tanner Lee
English 10, Scholars P4
Mrs. Maas
25 October 2015
Things Fall Apart Socratic Seminar Reflection
The process for a successful and productive Socratic Seminar begins weeks, or perhaps months before the actual occasion. Steps such as comparing and analyzing characters and themes, researching Ibo traditions, and truly evaluating the text were essential factors contributing to the overall success of the seminar. As modest as it may seem, this process created a multitude of obstacles and challenges; such as the difficult Ibo diction used, and the profound themes and morals found within the pages. These difficult but possible hurdles were crucial to being a successful spokesperson during the seminar. The key for a fruitful and smooth discussion
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In regards to myself, reading in general is a form of creating a positive and global-minded personality. Reading, whether in newspapers, books, or reports can inform us of global circumstances, history, and a variety of impressive material that broaden our understanding of the many cultures and people in this world. A C Grayling, a modern philosopher and Oxford graduate, once said, “To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries (A C Grayling, Financial Times).” This simple yet beautiful truth, that reading allows one to extend his knowledge and “soar”, was something I learned through the study of many amazing novels (Things Fall Apart included). I recognize that reading contributes to an individual’s intelligence of the world and literature as a whole. Another very important feature I learned from studying literature is the value in analyzing character, plot, and setting and reflecting on how it portrays a possibly deeper and more intent meaning. On exploring Things Fall Apart, it became evident to me that Okonkwo, his character, the plot, and the physical and social settings were not just part of a fun or interesting story. As I progressed through the book, it was clear

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