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Topics in Nigerian Literature

A Plot Summary of the Novel Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Interim Purple Hibiscus Summary The novel Purple Hibiscus begins with the quote, "things began to
fall apart at home when my brother, Jaja, did not go to communion and Papa
flung his heavy missal across the room and broke the figurines on the
tagre". This foreshadows what is going to happen as the novel progresses.
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The Influence of Identity in Birdsong, a Short Story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Birdsong is a short story that holds meaning expanding past the borders of its narrative and individual characters. The short story provides a powerful look into the influence of power, class, and status on the formation of our identity. Written by a Nigerian novelist and nonfiction writer, the story conveys not only the fe...
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Tendencies Towards Modern and Traditional Culture by the Characters in the Short Story A Dead Man's Pass by Chinua Achebe
Modern and Traditional Culture In Achebe’s short story “A Dead Man’s Pass” the protagonist, Michael Obi, has a strong tendency towards modern culture and civilization, whereas, his counterpart, the Village Priest, has a strong sense of tradition. These tendencies provoke decisions made throughout the story on behalf of bo...
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An Analysis of America's Identity Subjugation in Chimamanda Adichie's Novel Americanah
An Exodus to Personal Identity: Exploring America’s Identity Subjugation in Americanah How does one define his or her own identity? In Chimamanda Adichie’s novel Americanah, Adichie writes the story of Ifemelu, a Nigerian young woman, who moves to America in search of a brighter future than her life in Nsukka. In this real...
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Tragedy for a Greater Cause in Oil on Water by Helon Habila
Oil on Water: Reporting Tragedy for a Greater Cause In Helon Habila's Oil on Water, the situation in the Nigerian Delta
is shown to be nearly hopeless- the environment destroyed by oil, the
people exploited by the oil industry, and violence, kidnappings, and
killings a common occurrence. Throughout the novel, characte...
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An Analysis of Cultural Interaction in Americanah, a Novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A Literary Analysis Of Americanah When examining the collision of cultures within Americanah, it is important to take into consideration that race and culture are not the only factors that play into social interaction.  As readers compare the experiences that Ifemelu and Obinze, in America and the U.K. It is important to...
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An Analysis of the Characterization of Okonkwo in Chinua Achebe's Novel Things Fall Apart
Things Fall Apart Character Analysis: Okonkwo In the book, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, Okonkwo’s character is portrayed as a leader, a fighter, successful, conceited, and very well-known in his village. He, like other Ibo men, beats his wives, is misogynistic toward women, and always proves his masculinity through...
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The Theme of the Struggle between Christianity and Traditional Tribal Religion in Nigeria in Chinua Achebe's Girls at War and Other Stories
A common theme recurring throughout Chinua Achebe’s Girls at War and Other Stories, is the struggle between Christianity and traditional tribal religion and their influence over society in a rapidly changing Nigeria. This tension between Christianity and the native Igbo religion specifically is particularly evident in “Marr...
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An Analysis of the Socio-Cultural and Historical Background of Chinua Achebe's Short Story Marriage Is a Private Affair
“What one looks for in a wife are a good character and a Christian background (Achebe 2).” Such words from Chinua Achebe’s short story “Marriage is a Private Affair” define the pre-colonial era as society fixates on the cultural resolution of familial authoritarianism. The short story revolves around Nnaemeka, an Ibo man of...
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A Comparison of Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie and Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
In order for the Imperial country to gain the trust and support of its citizens, making the effects of colonialism appear to be an act of generosity was a necessary precondition. In many colonial discourses, the colonized body is described as savage and unruly. Representations of the colonized, indigenous peoples as female...
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A Brief Review of Chimamanda Adichie's Short Story "Tomorrow"
In the short story ‘Tomorrow is too far’ by Chimamanda Adichie, is about a girl who finds difficult to survive in the presence of her brother and I highly recommended the text should be studied by year 12’s because the girl’s experience makes us realize how discriminating among siblings on the basis of gender can lead to...
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A Biography of Chimamanda Adichie a Nigerian Novelist
In this course, there has been an endless amount of useful information brought forward. One of the most interesting pieces was a TED talk with a Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Adichie. She is a brilliant woman who has spent the majority of her life doing all that she can to stop stereotypes and spread the importance of liter...
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An Analysis of the Biafran War of Independence in Half a Yellow Sun by Ngozi Adichie
P.2 Half of a Yellow Sun In Half a Yellow Sun, Adichie tells the story of the Biafran War of Independence through the experiences of five characters. The choice of these five characters seems perfect, but only two does she catch the relationship more vividly; Olanna and Odenigb. Olanna describes their first meeting in emo...
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An Analysis of Okeke's Isolation in "Marriage is a Private Affair" by Achebe
“Marriage is a Private Affair” Narrative Essay “Marriage is a Private Affair” talks about Okeke’s isolation after his son did not marry the woman he thought would be a qualified wife. After a verbal argument where the son, Nnaemeka, says that Nene is the only woman that he would marry, Okeke wants nothing to do with his...
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