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The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind

Katharina Laube

Guiding Questions: -

Why do you think this issue is relevant to this topic? What does it imply about William’s experiences? What do we learn about life in Malawi/Africa from this issue? What implications does this issue have on the way we view cultures other than our own?

Page 24: “These days he’s (William’s father) a farmer, just like his own father and the father before him.” In the beginning of the second chapter William talks about how if you are born Malawian you are automatically a farmer and he compares it with a law that is passed down from Moses (page 24). I believe this is a relevant topic because it is a tradition in Malawi to become a farmer. This implies about William’s experiences that his ancestors have all been farmers. His father on the other hand did not immediately become a farmer. He was working as a trader in Dowa but then decided to move back due to William’s uncle John who was very successful in the farming business. From this issue we learn that planning ones future in Malawi/Africa is most of the time already decided before you are born. Most families will have the younger generation carry on with what the former generation did in order to make money. On top of that because it is said that if you are born in Malawi you will automatically become a farmer, tells us that there are not many other business available. This could due to lack of development, technology and education in the country. This issue shows that there is a huge difference in many different kinds of cultures. Nowadays there are a lot of modernized cultures where most families in a country are not in a farming business. However Malawi is not a developed country and therefore does not have a wide range of occupations.

The boy who harnessed the wind katharina laube  
The boy who harnessed the wind katharina laube