Discussion of How Anansi became a storyteller

Anansi wanted the stories to make people happy. He came to the sky god and asked for them. The sky god told him to bring him the python and he could be the storyteller. Anansi tricked the python and tied him to a branch. He took the python to the sky god. Anansi went through all this to make people happy so they could have their stories. What happens when we no longer treasure our storytellers? Are the people happy without their stories? We need our stories when we see our children bored, the stories make them happy. I hope we can continue to share our stories and make someone happy.

Discussion of The Knight’s Tale be Geoffrey Chaucer

Palamon and Arcite fall in love with Emily. They are arrested and spend time in jail. They both get out and claim Emily. They have to battle to win her. Arcite wins but he is killed by his horse and he tells Emily to marry Palamon. Arcite’s love for Emily shows when he tells her to marry Palamon. He wants her to be happy because she cannot be with him. He knows that Palamon will love her and he gives his blessing.

Are we standing in the way of our friends happiness? Are we contributing to their happiness or are we a part of their downfall? If you ever have to wonder if someone is you friend, just think about all the times they supported you. If no one is around when you need support then all your friends are gone.

Discussion of the Friar’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer

The Friar speaks about the tax collector who goes around collecting money. He approaches a servant to collect taxes and they begin discussing their misdeeds. The servant is actually the devil and he gets away without paying. The Friar goes to collect taxes from a widow. The widow says that the devil should take the tax collector to hell. The devil obliges. When you consort with the devil he has everything he needs to use against you. Don’t think he won’t. Watch out who you talk to. Sometimes they have an ulterior motive.


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Discussion of Jonah’s Gourd Vine by Zora Neale Hurston

Jonah has a gift to preach, with that gift comes idolizing. Women are falling at his feet and Jonah picks them up even though his wife Lucy is at home. Lucy dies from heartbreak at 47. Before she dies she tells her daughter “Don’t you love nobody better ‘n you do yo’self. Do you’ll be dying before you time is out. (Hurston, 130)” How many women have heard that don’t love nobody more than you love yourself? I don’t think enough women have heard it. If they had so many wouldn’t be dying before their time. You either marry for love or money. When you marry for love you may end up as so many women do : loving someone who doesn’t love you. A man has to work for everything he has or he will take it for granted. Make sure you know your worth and all you may have to give up. Sometimes “It’s not your enemies that harm you all the time. (Hurton, 175).” Sometimes we set ourselves up.

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Discussion of Lost Daughters by Mary Monroe

Lost Daughters is about Maureen and her daughter Loretta. Maureen is trying to escape the tight grip of Mama Ruby and she loses the grip on her daughter. Loretta runs off with Maureen’s husband, Mel but she allows her to come home after Mel leaves her.

How many times do we forgive women? Do we forgive our mothers because they may not have known what they were doing wrong? Do we forgive our daughters because we may have forgotten to let go of our grip and they never became adults? Do we forgive our daughters for needing so much from us when we need them too?
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Discussion of the Hand I Fan With by Tina McElroy Ansa

Lena was different and so was her man. She had been fanning everyone else all her life and now it was time for her to find someone to fan with. What if a ghost was the love of your life? Could you live with a spirit or do you need the real thing? Is it love if you can’t take him anywhere and no one would ever understand? If you saw a ghost and he talked to you would you run? If you saw a ghost and it kissed you would you faint? What if it’s a kiss to build a dream on?

Discussion of The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

In The Handmaid’s Tale the women cannot “work”, which really means they cannot leave the house. They can still bear children for another woman. Someone also takes care of these children.

Moira never follows the direction of Gilead. She tries to escape twice. In her second attempt she is successful, but she becomes a prostitute. Can women be valuable to men in a world like Gilead? Can women be valuable in a world that is focused on one goal? If we run from something all of our life and then we find ourselves running to it, have we just discovered that which we should have known all along?

Discussion of Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Americanah is the first book I’ve read about a immigrant coming to America and returning home. Ifemelu becomes Americanized and even interracially dates.  The story is unfamiliar because I don’t ready many stories about immigrants. Ifemelu’s blog about race relations is hilarious because she exists in a world that is unapologetically Nigerian and not black, but in America it is often about your color whether you accept it or not.

Ifemelu and other Nigerians adore American and European culture. They read American novels and people want to send their children to British and French schools, but so many of the characters want to return to Nigeria after staying abroad. Ifemelu even achieves success in America and still finds something lacking. In reality the immigrants are looking for the American dream, but once they have it they return home because it wasn’t what they really wanted.

Americanah is a great dive into an immigrant world and the dangers and changes they face becoming American.