Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The term "busy work" is often used in reference to meaningless, copious tasks. However, "busy work" may have some value for everyone. I think it is interesting that both Okonkwo and Sethe need to do something with their hands to avoid their thoughts. They use busy work as a distraction. Okonkwo says the the murder of Ikemefuna would not disturb him as much if it was planting season and when Sethe begins recalling ugly memories, she starts folding and re-folding sheets. I think it is true that having something to do, some type of busy work, is a good way to forget troublesome thoughts.