Paremiography: A Proverb Project o Paremiology (from the Greek – a study of Proverbs) o Paremiography (a collection of Proverbs) Part 1: The Prologue There are 3 difficulties with proverbs. First, as metaphors, they must be recognized and deciphered correctly. Two, they must be remembered and used appropriately. Three, one who is skilled in their use must have an APPROPRIATE proverb for nearly EVERY occasion. This last difficulty is really why the oldest members of the Ibo are considered the most wise. They have heard them all! o Have handy a good concise definition of Proverb and Aphorism. When having an intelligent discussion, it is nice to have a clear idea of our terms. Giving examples is great, but having a good definition to offer as well is even better. This will lead off your paper, setting topic. o Have a short introduction after your definitions that discuss your experiences, thoughts, interests, reflections, observations, and/or concerns about this topic. Part 2: The Pariography Collect the Proverbs of Things Fall Apart (6 from throughout the text) o Reproduce the proverb in an appropriate quotation (MLA format). o Summarize the plot events that produce the proverb’s utterance and indicate who utters the proverb. o Decipher the general metaphorical meaning of the proverb. o Explain why the proverb’s content/wisdom is appropriate to the situation and the character uttering the proverb. We have discussed how our culture uses proverbs. However, it seems by the general slowness with which we identify them as ‘ours’ might mean that our culture does not put as much value on these ‘bits of wisdom’ as 1) we have in the past, and 2) as the Ibo and other African culture do and have in the past. Have you wondered which other cultures hold ‘wisdom-sayings’ as immensely important parts of their cultural heritage, a measure of skill or intelligence, an indication of personal potential, or even as political or religious foundations? The Research and Narrative Project. o You will look up examples from the Book of Proverbs. Here is a link to a list of Solomon’s proverbs by topic. http://www.letgodbetrue.com/proverbs/proverb-topics.php Here are some that are interesting in the ‘things that God finds abominable’ (under A): 11.1 A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight. 15:8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight. 28:9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination. Find a group of 3 of your own proverbs. Explain the meaning (metaphorical, religious) and importance of the wisdom represented by the proverb. Offer a narrative description of a situation, choice, decision, or event in which this religious proverb might be useful, applicable, and or appropriate. o You will research the proverbs of another culture. Select at least 3 examples. Decipher the examples of proverbs. Give an explanation of the wisdom of the proverb – that is to say that you must indicate the sort of (general) situation in which the proverb would be useful/appropriate/applicable. Again, create a culturally specific (as best you can for the culture you have chosen) narrative of a situation, choice, decision, or event in which this religious proverb might be useful, applicable, and/or appropriate. o Which cultures? The Chinese culture comes to mind. But maybe you want to try another. Russian perhaps? Italian? Maybe you should choose the proverbs derived from a culture with which you are familiar or with which your ancestry is associated. Watch out for websites who merely translate English proverbs into other languages. That is not the same thing at all. There is a great deal out there, be selective, be persistent, be cautious, be inquisitive! Part 3: Final Reflections After you are done with your foreign culture proverbs, compare them with the proverbs you know from our culture and from your other studies in the area (Book of Proverbs, TFA). Reflect – what might these proverbs (taken alone) might tell us about the culture for which you completed this paremiography. Format: This will be done in report format. In most ways, this is just like the MLA project you completed in first semester. However, I would like you to be able to manipulate illustrations in your word files, and so an illustration will be required for each of your ‘short stories’ or, more likely the ‘vignettes’ that you write for the Book of Proverbs (3) and the cultural proverbs of your choice (3). You will need to learn how to do text wrapping and captioning for this project, therefore. Your choices concerning: the appropriate visuals, achieving consistency in images (size, medium, etc), the artistic appeal of your illustrations, and the ease of reading your publication format will all receive consideration in this portion of the rubric. Goals: It is hard to find an ESLR not met by this assignment. Research and technology, communication in report, visual, and narrative modes, independent and curious pursuit and application of knowledge, development of lifelong learning skills, appreciation for diversity and an awareness of other cultures, a concern for ethics and a greater knowledge of the scriptures, and a reflective component that urges you to internalize what you have learned; what more could you want?
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