1. Comment on the attitude of the people
of kufi towards superstition ? “Lonely
Superstitions: The novel explains how
superstitious beliefs impact on
people’s behaviour. For instance, wives
were accused of killing their husbands
because of the belief that someone had to
be responsible for every death. They also
suspected feathered creatures like birds as
they were usually linked to witchcraft.
2. How is Ajumobi portrays in the novel
Through Yaremi’s reminiscences, the
author introduces his readers to
Ajumobi. Ajumobi was a brave and
powerful hunter who enjoyed boasting of
his prowess as a successful hunter. In his
lifetime, he was firm and had absolute
control of his household.
Ajumobi was a happy and lively man. Like
most men in Kufi, he liked
drinking palmwine in the company of
friends. He was quite ambitious. Prior to
his death, he planned to renovate his house
and even take a second wife.
Ajumobi is Yaremi’s late husband. He was a
brave hunter who loved to boast
of his hunting prowess. He died after a
brief illness. He was an ambitious man.
For instance, prior to his death he planned
to renovate his house and take a second
wife. He was short tempered and often
reacted to Yaremi’s nagging. Like other
men in Kufi, he beat Yaremi on few
Ajumobi was a brave and powerful hunter
who enjoyed boasting of his prowess as a
In his lifetime, he was firm and had
absolute control of his household.
Ajumobi was a happy and lively man.
Like most men in Kufi, he liked
drinking palmwine in the company of
friends. He was quite ambitious. Prior
to his death, he planned to renovate his
house and even take a second wife. Yaremi
loved her husband greatly and in spite of
their many squabbles in his lifetime, she
missed his affection and companionship.
In Kufi, wives were accused of killing their
husbands because of the belief that
someone had to be responsible for every
death. They also suspected feathered
creatures like birds as they were usually
linked to witchcraft
Mrs. Dalton’s literal blindness serves as a
metaphor for white people’s social and
cultural blindness. Just as she couldn’t see
that Bigger was in the room with her
daughter, or that Mary was actually dead,
the white characters in the novel are blind
to the social realities around them.
Mrs. Dalton is a wealthy blind woman who
takes an interest (in a pandering, hobbyist
sort of way) in the National Association for
the Advancement of Colored People
(NAACP) and encourages her husband to be
generous with their wealth and use it to
change the lives of blacks in Chicago. Mrs.
Dalton’s physical blindness proves to be an
apt metaphor for her social and spiritual
blindness. Though she’s a religious and
kindly woman, she is completely blind to
the fact that much of the family’s ongoing
wealth is gained through exploitation of
the same black people she’s trying to help.
In addition, much of the Daltons’
generosity, as Boris Max points out, does
very little to actually help anybody. (The
donation of money for ping-pong tables at
a Boys Club is one such example. Who
even likes ping-pong?) Mrs. Dalton
represents a particular type of person: a
liberal, progressive white woman who fails
to recognize the ways she exploits the very
people she claims to help.
The use of irony in the text is called
situational irony. Bigger has always
regarded every white person as his mortal
enemy and as fate will have it,a white
friend is brought his way. To him, Every
white person is a symbol of oppression. On
the contrary, Mary Dalton is friendly to
bigger but bigger is ready to exhibit his
disdain for white folks as the same feelings
is felt towards Jan too. On the other hand,
many and jam (the two white lovers )
shows him love and friendliness which
makes him ashamed of himself. Both lovers
are closing at the risk of disapproval from
their own folks. The two parties are
actually operating in total ignorance of the
other’s situation , a condition brought
about by years of unhealthy extreme
opinion of the other .
It is also ironical that jan,whom bigger
tried blame his murder of Mary on, would
later take step to free the same bigger of
culpability in the crime. He is the one who
brings max to Bigger to act as his counsel
during his arraignment.
Another ironic situation is noticed with the
respect of bigger’s freedom. While
restricted to a cell in prison , he feels free
whereas outside, he feels prisoned.
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