Neighbors

In Chapter 15 of “Things Fall Apart”, one quote stuck out to me in particular. “I knew your father, Iweka. He was a great man. He had many friends here and came to see them quite often. Those were good days when a man had friends in distant clans. Your generation does not know that. You stay at home, afraid of your next-door neighbor. Even a man’s motherland is strange to him nowadays” (Achebe 137). I find this very interesting. Nowadays, it does seem that people do not communicate with their neighbors as often =, or explore the areas around them. Do you find this to be true? And if so, why do you think this?

One Reply to “Neighbors”

  1. I agree with this. I think that in general, people have become more afraid of confrontation over time. There has also been less of a need to communicate with neighbors regularly. New advancements in technology is the reason for this. It is less likely that mail will be delivered to the wrong house because email has caused there to be less mailbox mixups in neighborhoods, and because of phones and texting, communication with neighbors without leaving the house has never been easier.

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