• I think in a way Elvis found Redemption however, I think what suits his situation was, him being offered an opportunity. If you think about it, Elvis was offered a chance to improve his life by, Redemption. You might ask yourself, what does this opportunity offer? Well, for starters a passport, the passport offers him the chance to come to America…[Read more]

  • to answer your first question, I don’t think Elvis would have been any different if he remained at Afikpo. The lost of his mother would have still lead his father into becoming a drunkie, his father would have still lost his job, I think it is highly likely Elvis would have grown up the same if he were to live in Lagos.
    There are many reasons as…[Read more]

  • I don’t think I have anything in common with any of the characters. Although I can’t relate to them, I did enjoy your post! The one character you didn’t mention was Comfort, clearly she is not the kind of comfort one would expect. Comfort is this cruel woman, who makes life hard for Elvis.
    After watching the video I had mixed feelings. I…[Read more]

  • I think the purpose for Abani including the kola ritual was to, enhance the reader about the traditions that take place in their environment.
    I think the Rituals are key to the novel why, well it adds to the whole culture significance. The Kola nut is an essential to Nigeria and its people. As the narrator mentions in the video, “he who brings…[Read more]

  • The first thing I notice from the painting was, the hands within the water, who seem to be grasping for safety. The faint arms in the water seem to compliment the picture which states, distress and man overboard.
    As for my reaction towards the painting well, the painting stimulates so many feelings like, racism, fear and hopeless. Just by the way…[Read more]

  • There are have been numerous times in which I felt I was being targeted because of my skin. The thing about swimming is, we wear close to no clothes. So our skin tone is notable, I’ve been swimming for a long time and often I find myself out of place. Swimming has been blowing up as of late, but majority of swimmers are Caucasian and I am…[Read more]

  • Your post was so well inform! In regards to the first question, the government should compensate for their damages by paying back the worth of the homes that were taken. Yet this isn’t enough to make up for the damages, possibly offer tax exemption and improving their local surroundings. In terms of public parks, school facilities and recreation…[Read more]

  • Definitely!!! Can you even consider the tainted text as the original? NO. Deconstructing a point and adding your own input, loses the author’s point.
    I do think when words are shifted to cater a specific crowd or point, the purpose is slightly lost. Perhaps to some extent there are similarities. However, I think in literature as readers, we try…[Read more]

  • Eric wrote a new post, REDEMPTION, on the site The Arts of Dissent 5 months ago

    After reading Graceland, By Chris Abani, it is important to note the importance of the word Redemption. In a place like Lagos, where poverty is a norm, the military is corrupted and violence is common, salvation […]

    • Hey Eric. I liked how you focused on the word redemption and the various ways it can be interpreted in terms of Lagos. I do believe Elvis uses small actions to help ease his own conscious. Redemptions offer of a passport is a selfless gesture that may have inspired Elvis to be a more selfless person. I believe that Elvis’ experience in Lagos has helped prepare him for America as he’s experienced a lot of loss and his eyes have been met with many gruesome images.

    • Hey Eric, Great post! 😀
      I agree with your statement,“Throughout the book Elvis may have made attempts to help someone, however, it is usually half-hearted or simply to ease his conscious”. I do think that Elvis does things to ease his conscious. He often finds himself in situations that he has no control over. He does not know whats happening half the time and is kept in the dark. So I do think in order to make up for not knowing whats going on, he has to try to figure it out for himself, which leads to him helping people.
      I do believe his experience in Lagos would be enough to prepare him for America. Elvis has gone through so much in Lagos. He has dealt with many hardships and poverty. I think if Elvis survived in Lagos, he would be able to survive in the US. I think after the violence Elvis had seen and experienced would soften the violence taken place in the US during that time.

  • Eric commented on the post, Gun?! Gun!?, on the site The Arts of Dissent 5 months, 2 weeks ago

    In response to your first question I think for someone like Elvis who has seen violence as a constant factor in his life, he takes very little notice of it. Perhaps for that reason his perception of violence is different, surviving Lagos has strengthen him. The slums have toughen him up.
    As for myself if I was thrown into Elvis’s world chances…[Read more]

  • I find that Rankine does an excellent job highlighting racism in Citizens. Simply executing various individuals in her text, Rankine expresses the voices off the unheard, the fragile and the weak.
    I have my share of racism in my life. I think the way I have dealt with it would be, by simply walking away from the situation. I can’t say that I’ve…[Read more]

  • I think the best way to understand someone’s point would be to understand how they were raised. As parents it is natural to expect a parent to cater to their child’s needs, which is not the fault of the child. A child doesn’t know what is right and wrong, children are taught and expected to follow up on what they were taught.
    In all honesty,…[Read more]

  • Ben Brantley from The New York Times wrote a piece on the Production of, Raisin In The Sun, directed by Mr. Leon. In his review, ” No rest for the Weary ‘ Raisin in the Sun’ Brings Denzel Washington back to […]

  • As humans ask yourself what motivates you to progress? Are we motivated by our desires? Or perhaps our dreams? Ask yourself do our dreams remains dreams and do they wound up to fruit into something more?  Robin D. […]

    • When reading “When a History Sleeps”: A Beginning I too underlined the quote “I did not write this book for those traditional leftist who have traded in their dreams for orthodoxy and sectarianism.”(P7) Another quote I underlined is “This is what poet Askia Muhammad Toure meant when, in a 1964 article in Liberator magazine, he called black-rhythm-and-blues artists “poet philosophers” and described their music as a “potent weapon in the black freedom struggle.”(P11) Quotes like this motivate me. I am able to look forward and envision, a little better because of lines like this, a future where struggle is not the main focus. Some obstacles that we face today aren’t the same as a couple years ago, but still put a wall in front of our goals. Seeing progress is a little difficult but with the right energy and right attitude a lot can be accomplished. “As Amiri Baraka put it in his famous essay, “The Changing Same,” black music has the potential to usher in a new future based on love: “The change to Love. The freedom to (of) Love.” (P11)

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