Out of the three stories we read in class, all written by Chinua Achebe “The Mad Man,” was the only story that really I could understand and relate to. The first story we read “An image of Africa” was flat out dry and boring. It was extremely hard for me to fallow what Achebe was saying. It would have probably helped if I knew who Conrad was, but I have never heard of the man until now, and quite frankly, after reading this I’m not a fan of him.
The second story “ Girls at War” was also a little hard to fallow because you would have to really understand the meaning of Irony to comprehend the story. I was familiar with Irony but very much confused with the definition. After reading “Girls at war” and discussing it in class I had a better understanding of meaning but not to its full extent.
The third story“ The Mad Man” really was the story that gave me a clear understanding of irony. Nwibe was a normal every day man that one day got his clothes stolen from him by the mad man. Nwibe just lost it and went after the man scream, making Nwibe, himself, look like the mad man. If I was in Nwibe shoes I would have done the same. I felt the embarrassment and the frustration the he felt, I mean this poor man had his clothes stolen from him by a grown man and was just there laughing at his butt, and now everyone is looking at him like he is crazy, Id be ferrous.
Reading these stories I was able to see how difficult it was to try and translate African language or even understanding in to English. After discussing all these stories in class I had a better understanding of all of them walking out of the class then I did walking in.