Dead Men’s Path
Dead Men’s Path is an intriguing and powerful tale of the transitional time in the life of a schoolmaster where he must choose between respecting his culture and adapting to modern day European society. In these writings it becomes clear the psychological position of Michael Obi as he has to make a decision that will affect the school as well as the surrounding community. The author also shares that each decision we make in life does not only affect others but can alter our life immensely so one must use cognitive skills to analyze a situation before a choice is made.
Early in this story we learn that Michael Obi is a dedicated and crafty teacher with lofty visions for his new school and plans to modernize the society around him in a rural African village. We also learn that he is a compassionate and loyal man as he ignores his wives fears of infidelity. Even when his wife approaches him about her feelings, flustered and nervous, that all the school teachers were female and single, Obi dismisses her view into one that only sees “All their colleagues being young and unmarried...who would give all their time and energy to the school.” This clearly conveys his sole purpose of being there of one to create a learning environment equal to the schooling found abroad in England.
Working with dedication and teamwork Michael and his wife create an environment ideal for learning and personal growth that will entice the students to learn and study. However, much to
his surprise, one day it comes to his attention that the locals are utilizing part of the school’s private property as a passageway. Inquiring with a colleague about this so called ‘trespassing’ in
a condescending voice says “It amazes me...that you people allowed the villagers to make use of this foot path. It is simply incredible."
Complete callous and no respect, understanding, or empathy for his native people. Confused as his attack on her and the staff...