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.
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)