Discuss how amidst the inequalities and the corruption, acts of bravery triumph in The Other Side of Truth.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The role of the father is one textual  example which supports the idea that bravery triumphs amidst inequality and corruption.  The world of Nigeria is   one where injustice and unfairness reigns.  The political forces that could easily summon the execution of a mother and imprison a father so that children like Sade and Femi have to go to London represent injustice.  The world of London that treats children like objects and cannot provide a safe haven for growing up free from intimidation, harassment, and alienation represents a sense of inequality.  However, within this structure, the father risks whatever he has to retrieve his children.  Escaping from Nigeria and then experiencing English law represents acts of bravery.  While the ending of the novel cannot provide anything absolute, it is clear that the father promises the children that they will once again be a family.  This act of bravery represents the antithesis of the world where injustice and inequality dominate human interaction.  In seeking to find where acts of bravery surpass the destructive conditions of unfairness and injustice, the role of the father becomes vital.  He provides the restorative hope that while human beings do some terrible things to one another, there can be some examples of courage and bravery that are transformative.  It is in this regard where amidst the inequalities and corruption, there can be acts of bravery that triumph in The Other Side of Truth.

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