Camel Bookmobile Essay

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In this quote, Mr. Abasi is trying to emphasize how the people of the modern day society have a structure set for them that involves certain responsibilities and expectations. Mr. Abasi feels that by “intruding” upon the nomadic society, the Camel Bookmobile is inflicting literacy upon the people and therefore pressuring the impoverish community of Mididima to modernize and lose old customs and traditions. Fi’s motivation for the traveling library is to help the people of Mididima, yet she doesn’t realize that she is creating much conflict and juggling with the mixed emotions of literacy for the people. Mr. Abasi sparks a good question in asking if the people from Mididima truly want to be part of a larger world or not. Do these people want to threaten forgetting old customs and traditions by advancing to modern day customs and habits? Most of what the “Camel Bookmobile” is about is how the people of Mididima honor their own habits and customs, and anyone that does not abide by them is greatly disrespected or punished. The people have a lot of pride for their ancestors and honor them by keeping tradition. It also defines their culture by having their own unique traditions that they all greatly admire and respect. The literacy that the traveling library brings threatens these traditions and could destroy a perfectly unique society, a society built by the ancestors that worked hard to shape a successful community for their future children. The modern world today seems to have lost some of their old customs and traditions, and does not have as much as a sense of pride for their ancestors, which is why the people of Mididima fear literacy will shape their society the same and force them to lose their independence. Fi’s general hope for the traveling library is to bring literacy to Kenya and to help the people of Mididima to be more educated and literate. There are
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