What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky - "What Is A Volcano?" Summary & Analysis

Lesley Nneka Arimah
This Study Guide consists of approximately 46 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky.
This section contains 746 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky Study Guide

Summary

“What Is A Volcano?” is a parable told in the style of a myth. Its characters are immortal gods who began their lives deep in the ancient past. The conflict of this story begins when the goddess of rivers, River, “divided one of her streams” (201), which inadvertently knocked over an anthill, angering the god of ants, Ant. In retaliation, Ant began sending ants to the “mightiest river, from which all rivers flowed” (203), placing one small stone at a time at the bottom of the river. Over centuries, this turned into a mighty dam that disrupted the flow of the river. The goddess River, distracted by the birth of her new twin daughters, finally notices the problem, and uses her power to push the water past the dam, an action that “flooded half the world” (204).

Because this flood destroyed “the largest any...

(read more from the "What Is A Volcano?" Summary)

This section contains 746 words
(approx. 2 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy the What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky Study Guide
Copyrights
BookRags
What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky from BookRags. (c)2020 BookRags, Inc. All rights reserved.