Purple Hibiscus

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  • Purple Hibiscus Theme Analysis

    Theme Essay In the novel Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Adichie illustrates the impact and role religion can have on one’s identity. In Purple Hibiscus, Adichie uses characterization and direct statements to implement the theme of religion and identity. The presence of religion in certain characters’ life strictly defines them and can affect them in a negative way. Papa Eugene is a character that embodies the extreme impact that religion can have on one’s thoughts and actions. After Kambili and Jaja return from visiting their Aunt Ifeoma’s house, Papa Eugene becomes disappointed in his kids because he deemed being in the same house as a “heathen” like Papa Nnukwu was a sin (Adichie 194). He then decides to pour scalding hot water on their feet. Papa Eugene explains to Kambili, “You should not see sin and walk right into it” (Adichie 194). Later Papa Eugene explains to Kambili, “Everything I do, I do for your own good” (Adichie 196). This punishment that Papa Eugen places on his children comes directly from his fear of sinning and need to follow his faith. He was afraid that his children would become more and more sinful, so his response is to beat them. In Papa’s mind, beating them has justification because he sees his…

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  • Conflicts In Purple Hibiscus

    Purple Hibiscus Essay In the book Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the main protagonist, Kambili, struggles with her relationship with her father Eugene, a very devout, strict and wealthy catholic. Eugene is well respected in his community, he provides money and food to those in need and is kind to those he meets. However, he is cold and unforgiving to his own family, often beating and subjecting them to psychological abuse. As a result, Kambili becomes timid and reserved and is…

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  • Themes In Purple Hibiscus

    In his book, How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Thomas Foster introduces key concepts that are applied in the widespread world of literature; furthermore, Foster does express that “‘Always’ and ‘never’ are not words that have much meaning in literary study...”(19) due to numerous authors creating pieces that do not follow the general trend, thus his teachings should be taken as a general rule of thumb. In order to get a better grasp of his teachings, the novel Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda…

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  • Purple Hibiscus Analysis

    Purple Hibiscus is an intense tale about a dejected family and Nigeria’s slow recovery from colonialism told through the eyes of a 15- year old, Kambili. The book addresses some of the issues evident during the postcolonial era, which includes domestic violence, silencing of the victims and the multiple embodiments of postcolonial feminism. The author, Chimamanda Adichie, born in 1977 in Kambili’s hometown of Enugu, is of Igbo descent and is a Catholic and used her own childhood experience to…

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  • Purple Hibiscus Essay

    Within the books Purple HIbiscus and I, Tituba, there are two strong-minded female characters that stick out. Purple Hibiscus is narrated by a little girl, Kambili, who is faced with the consequences of the African colonization. Her father, Eugene, believes that it is his job to ensure his family's descend into heaven after they die which entail physical abuse for his wife and children when they commit a sin. The wife of Eugene, Beatrice, sees the good in her husband and makes the hard decision…

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  • Adversity In Purple Hibiscus

    “I’m strong as hell now. And no one will ever, ever hurt me again”. -Domestic violence survivor. Sadly, many people have to live with domestic violence today all over the world. In the novel Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda N. Adichie, Kambili, Jaja and their mom (Beatrice) suffer from domestic violence from the dad (Eugene). From the start Kambili and her family are very religious because papa is a priest ; therefore they obey Eugene and try not get on his bad side, nor do anything that’s sinful.…

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  • Purple Hibiscus Father

    Papa’s Character Towards Family Vs. the Community In the book Purple Hibiscus By: Adichi, It tells of a girl named Kambili who learns to find her own voice in her world of turmoil and fear. Throughout the book the tone is Poignant to the reader because of Kambili’s imagery of the events in the story, and furthermore the poignant feel the characters and their distress brings to the story. This narrator has the unfortunate calamity to have Eugene Achike as a father. Eugene treats the community…

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  • Purple Hibiscus Analysis Essay

    Purple Hibiscus: analysis on how conflict is portrayed in the extract (pages 124-125) In the novel, Purple Hibiscus, Adichie clearly portrays the conflicting oppression of Kambili’s patriarchal household - where she is ordered to follow a strict ‘schedule’ - to the realisation of an almost ‘holiday’ like freedom she is exposed to when visiting Aunty Ifeoma and her family. In this extract, the author also intentionally expresses the Catholic upbringing of the protagonist in the novel and her…

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  • Overcoming Adversity In Purple Hibiscus

    disadvantage. Instead, it’s important for you to understand that overcoming adversity is actually one of your biggest advantages.” - Michelle Obama. The quote connects to the novel Purple Hibiscus by the main character, Kambili, who uses adversity to elicit talents. In the novel Purple Hibiscus, Chimimanda Ngozie Adichie writes about a young girl named Kambili who lives with a religious and strict family and starts to find herself by visiting her Aunty Ifeoma’s house. Throughout the book,…

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  • Colonialism In Purple Hibiscus

    Purple Hibiscus a novel where Patriarchy runs deep within the Achike family with the Father Eugene as the panopticon patriarch. Eugene has a lot of power over the village of Enugu, as he is a well-respected Big Man. Eugene uses his control to abuse his family and he comforts himself with the thought that it will guide his family to heaven. Eugene uses neo-colonialism within his family, we see it mainly through Kambili as she is the protagonist of the novel. She is so devoted to her father with…

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