4) What significance do you see in the story’s title, “Dead Man’s Path”?
Within the story I think the title represents the road in which people would travel on to reach the burial site where they could visit their loved ones or others that have passed away. Not only do I believe in the literal meaning of Dead Mans Path, but I also believe there could be a deeper meaning behind the title. Within the story the school was closed because Obi decided to shut off the road to the public and the results that had. This lead to Obi losing his job and lead to poor reviews shown in the quotes “Obi woke up the next morning among the ruins of his work” (177) and “The white supervisor came to inspect the school and wrote a nasty report on the promises but more seriously about the tribal war situation between the school and the village” (177). Dead mans path may represent how the situation over the path has led to the ruin of the school because of the conflict it presented.
5) What ironies do you see in the story?
The first irony i see within the story is the fact that Obi decided to close the path because he thought it would lead to poor reviews and then in reality when he closed the path it led to horrible reviews because of the conflict happening with the village
The second irony may be seen with the effort that Obi is putting in towards making the school amazing and turning it around. He had such high hopes to make this school a great institution when his own actions led to the poor reviews of his school.
Literary Response: Curfew
Ismet Prcic in his short story “Curfew”, goes in length to describe the setting of this story in a dark and gloomy tone. What is the purpose of setting this scene of boredom, bleakness and uniformity? Continuing to go in-depth describing the scene of each event in the story. Within the story the author utilizes setting to establish mood and atmosphere, transforming the world in text so we can imagine the darkness that takes hold in the story. The author uses a flat character in contrast to a descriptive setting. Using a simple character in a detailed world gives more meaning to do world in which the character lives. In multiple parts of the story the author, Ismet Prcic, goes in length describing the scene as uniform, gloomy, vicious and cold, a “winter darkness” using such description Ismet sets a boring but dangerous atmosphere within the story, setting a mood in which the reader may feel danger for the character with anywhere he chooses to go. In a quote by Ismet Prcic, “The town was ruptured. The streets were gray lunatics. Black marketers sold cigarettes and cooking oil off collapsible tables.” describes the scene of the street as a harsh atmosphere. Using the words “gray lunatics” and “black marketers” he sets the description of questionable people and answers the readers question, what would you feel like walking through these streets? Later in the story he continues to set a dangerous mood by describing the attitudes of police officers within the story, giving the stereotypical good cop/bad cop scenario in which a man’s boots are stolen by “protectors” and forced to run away through black snow in socks. The atmosphere culminates when the character describes the consequences he would receive by staying out past the regulated curfew only to further increase the mood of danger within the story. As a result this shows that the author utilizes setting to establish the mood and atmosphere in the story.
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