Things Fall Apart Proverbs Essay

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Things Fall Apart Proverbs
Proverbs are phrases use to explain certain solutions. Proverbs can explain specific situations within certain words to get the point across. The function for proverbs is to describe something without having to be forward with what is being said. There were five proverbs from things fall apart that stuck out to me. These proverbs are “when a man says yes chi also says yes”, what is good in one place is bad in another”, “If I fall down for you and you fall down for it is play”, “A man who pays respect to the great paves the way for his own greatness” and “If one brought oil soiled it others”
My first proverb I selected was “when a man says yes chi also says yes” the meaning in the culture is if a person help
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For the American phrase the function is to explain the difference between people in different environments. The context in which the American phrase was use to explain people different opinions. Where the African proverb is to compare the different practices for example on how Okonkwo had more than one wife while in other culture that is frown upon.

“If I fall down for you and you fall down for it is play” is my other African proverb chosen. This proverb means when a family is going through a bad situation the family are suppose to take care of each other because the family is suppose to be play and the family is suppose to fall down for each other. My American equivalent for this proverb is I have your back and you have mines. The way the phrase is use in our culture is if I am looking out for you then I am expecting that in return. The function in which this is use in America is if protect you then you will protect me. The function in which was use for the African proverb is for family or friend that are in situations and to show support for each other and their love for one another. The context in which the African proverb is use is when Okonkwo was going through some tough times and but he remember that his marriage should be play and they should not fight and when they fall they shall fall together. The context for American proverb is to have each other back meaning having each other to rely on.
My fourth proverb is “A man who pays

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