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Chinua Achebe is a Nigerian novelist and poet whose works explore the impact of European culture on African society He was the first to truly develop an African style of writing Before him the books written on Africa were stereotypical reflections of a European view One of his works is Dead mens path which is about a headmaster of Ndume Central School The school is stationed in the village of Ani a village full of ancient superstitions and beliefs In the story the headmaster of the school closed a path used by the villagers because it went through his compound In this essay I will discuss the protagonists character flaw or error in judgment that causes his downfall in the story The first mistake the headmaster made is choosing to run his school by modern way and teach the children of Ani not to believe in the superstitions of their ancestors He tries to make the school a better place He does not know that peoples beliefs are not easily changed Its hard to change old beliefs and giving some kind of substitute is also not acceptable He is young energetic enthusiastic outspoken motivated confident yet unrealistic and inexperienced He believes in many wonderful ideas but he has not had a lot of experience with people to guide him in his work He has modern ideas but the villagers have old-fashioned traditional ideas This is a key cause of the headmasters problems Enthusiasm is evidently the most important factor in many successes but misguided zeal can make things much worse His next mistake is his selfishness and arrogance He does not seem to care much about the villagers feelings He wants everything his way and rather to eradicate such beliefs that the villagers are carrying He is arrogant since he thinks that his modern methods are better than the old ways and he expects his students to adopt these ways even though their religion and
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