Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Oral Tradition in Things Fall Apart and Beloved
We all know that oral tradition was extremely important to many cultures, such as the Greek, Roman, Native American, and African cultures. Oral tradition was a means of passing down a message from generation to generation and keeping the history of the culture and the people alive. Both Things Fall Apart and Beloved portray the importance of oral tradition. In Things Fall Apart proverbs are very important to the culture. These proverbs, much like Aesop's Fables, carry a message throughout the community. Mothers tel their children the stories and then the children eventually tell their children the stories. In this way, the history is passed on. In Beloved the oral tradition is in the form of songs. Sethe sings songs to her children, and when looked at closely, these songs carry a lot of meaning. One of these songs is even the reason that Sethe realizes Beloved is the reincarnation of her dead daughter. In both novels, oral tradition is an important part of society, carrying messages and history down the familial line.