“Dead Men’s Path” Questions

4. The title “The Dead Men’s Path” refers to faint signs of an almost disused path from the village across the school that became important to Michael Obi. It was also believed the whole life of the village depends on it and that their relatives and ancestors depart and visit them by it. Most importantly the title refers to the path of children coming to be born.

6. An example of an irony in the story “Dead Men’s Path” is expressed in the last part of the priest’s admonition to Obi, “What I always say is: let the hawk perch and let the eagle perch.” Although Obi is fully aware of the cultural code of deference to age and status, he persists in his arrogance because of his newly acquired power and ignores the culture-specific code of existence in the world that permits two very different things to stand side by side.