"Now he has won our borthers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart" (176).
I was intrigued by this statement that Obierika makes to Okonkwo. As I thought about it, I realized that the whole Ibo (Igbo) tribe was held together by their common beliefs in the religion and traditions if their tribe. Now that the white men have come into the Ibo tribe and forced many to begin questioning the traditions and religion of the tribe, the tribe is now “falling apart.” I have conflicting views about this notion, because I feel that it is a good thing to question society/authority, but at the same time, in this instance questioning society/culture has led to the unraveling of the Ibo tribe. Any thoughts?
Have you noticed we haven’t talked about poetry yet? Let’s dive into it!
Last class, Annsley led our discussion on the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls by E.E. Cummings. We came to the conclusion that the speaker feels angry that affluence creates an artificial society among wealthy, sheltered women. Cummings wrote this after his service in World War I to challenge traditions and societal norms. We defined these women as heartless, eager to conform to their surroundings, and lack a connection to the people around them and themselves. But times have changed and classes aren’t defined as they used to be, so who are the Cambridge ladies today?
In the 100 years since the poem was written men and women have switched gender roIes as more ladies enter the workforce and more gentlemen stay at home. So we cannot limit our search to just ladies, but gentlemen as well. The expansion of social networking has eliminated of vital part of humanity: the human connection. Websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr make many relationships vague and ambiguous where the user can create their own world of “friends”. This meaninglessness in connections is creating distance between people and how we interact. Just like the Cambridge ladies, we are creating our own artificial societies based on meaningless connections.
We can see Cambridge ladies (and gentlemen) all around us. So I, the speaker, feel that men and women across the globe of all socioeconomic backgrounds are creating their own societies based in artificial connections that distance them from reality and everything outside of their furnished souls.
After finishing the novel Emma, once one has gotten over the charming Mr. Knightley and the change that Emma has been through. And everyone is now happily married, or in Mrs. Eltons case has made a very uncomfortable bed and now must sleep in it. I must start to question Mr. Knightley and how he fell in love with Emma. This happened when she was 13 years of age, so there is a significant age difference between the two. Also Mr. Knightley was a great friend of her father, but throughout the book he would be left alone with Emma to talk. Looking at this relationship from the view of a 21st century teenager I would be a bit sketched out if my fathers’ friends kept hitting on me, and one day told me they were in love with me.
If this what society now thinks of relationships that at one time period were acceptable? How have we changed from the days of Emma in our problems with different ages? Does ages really matter, if not why are there laws in place that make it such a big deal?