Dead Men's Path

By Chinua Achebe

The effects of colonization

Cultural context: Nigeria (Africa) during a time of European colonization. Europeans wanted to change the culture of the African people and make them more "modern," but this led to disagreements and warfare.

Key Characters: Michael Obi - school headmaster who wants to change the ways of the tribal people in the community and block their sacred path

Village priest - warns Obi that he needs to leave the path alone before he causes trouble

White supervisor - Obi prepares for his inspection, but the supervisor only notes

Conflict - Cultural conflict between Michael Obi and the village of Ani. Obi wants to change the people's ways, and they destroy his school as a result of his intolerance

Theme - Be tolerant of others' beliefs

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