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Dead Men’s Path: Introduction
Dead Men’s Path: Plot Summary
Dead Men’s Path: Detailed Summary & Analysis
Dead Men’s Path: Themes
Dead Men’s Path: Quotes
Dead Men’s Path: Characters
Dead Men’s Path: Terms
Dead Men’s Path: Symbols
Dead Men’s Path: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Chinua Achebe
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- Full Title: “Dead Men’s Path”
- When Written: 1953
- Where Written: Nigeria
- When Published: 1953
- Literary Period: Postcolonial
- Genre: Fiction, short story
- Setting: A British African colony (most likely Nigeria) in 1949
- Climax: A woman dies in childbirth after Michael Obi, the zealous headmaster refuses to reopen an ancestral path.
- Antagonist: The short story does not have a traditional antagonist, but Michael Obi’s actions do alienate him from the villagers, leading to the major conflict of the story, the closing of an ancestral path and the subsequent death of a woman during childbirth.
- Point of View: Third person
Extra Credit for Dead Men’s Path
Children’s Writer. Chinua Achebe is also a children’s writer. He published Chike and the River, the first of his children’s stories in 1966. It tells the story of a boy named Chike who moves from a village to a big city to live with his uncle.
Prestigious Prize. Chinua Achebe won the Man Booker Prize in 2007. It is one of the highest and most renowned literary prizes in the English-speaking world.