Issue: stories told by elders influences the way children view this world. I think it is relevant to custom and tradition because when it comes to story-telling, usually, elder generations tend to focus more on something old and traditonal, or something about their own experience. So the stories from them are often full of cultural elements. And those are all the models of children's behaviour as these stories are their little dreams. This implies that William might feel differently when he face something common for us due to cultural reasons and education in his family. For example, in chapter two(page 25 second paragraph), he felt the lake "is so vast it has waves like ocean." Even he sees the lake by himself and he is already twenty years old, but once he "stood on its banks and looked out out across its endless-looking water", his heart "was filled with a great love for his country". And that's mostly because his father told the stories about hitchhiking in pickups across the countryside to Lake Malawi, where he traded in Dowa market. I learn about how the children are lack of education. Sometimes the view of things are quite subjective - to crayons, gum balls, to father (fears no magic and know all of the stories)â€Śetc. I gain more geographic and cultural knowledge on trading in Africa, Lake Malawi and so on. But even in this situation of lacking proper education, they still live happily. This issue does have implications on the way we view culture other the our own. Because the level of public education is different, our responses to our traditional stories will be different. For example in my country, children sometimes correct what elders told them as teachers in school tells the "truth of those 'magics'"; but in Willam's childhood, this kind of response is not very possible to occur, and they tend to be influenced deeply from their elder generation.
Published on Aug 15, 2013