The Palm-wine Drinkard and His Dead Palm-wine Tapster in the Dead's Town Topics for Discussion

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How does the palm-wine drinkard compare with American folk heroes like Paul Bunyan or Superman?

What is the role of binge drinking in the story? Do you think this is acceptable? How does this compare with typical stories about a long, arduous journey to get alcohol?

The drinkard meets many monsters in the jungle. Are any of the monsters symbolic? What do they represent?

What does this story tell you about the Yoruba attitude toward death?

Why are the inhabitants of Unreturnable-Heaven's Town so cruel? How is the name of the town ironic?

What are some Western or Christian references in the story?

Are there any parts of the book that seem totally incomprehensible? If so, is this because they are from another culture, or because the events are so bizarre?

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