How is the book "Purple Hibiscus" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie a coming of age novel?This can be based on the characters (main and smaller), what a certain character has to go through and...

How is the book "Purple Hibiscus" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie a coming of age novel?

This can be based on the characters (main and smaller), what a certain character has to go through and experiences this character must overcome.

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The "coming of age" novel is also known as the "bildungsroman" (German: "Education Novel") - a genre of fictional narratives focused on the changes that occur in the thinking and behaviour of protagonist as he/she experiences life's problems and crises.  By the time Kambili, the narrator of Purple Hibiscus, emerges at the end of her experiences in two radically different domestic settings, she has a completely different view of her domineering father's character and the relationship she has with him.  The author makes parallels between the changes in the political landscape of Nigeria and the mindset of the sensitive and observant Kambili, who is forced by changing circumstances to give up the essential "truths" that once guided her more youthful and sheltered outlook.  The symbolic connection between developing girl and country is important to show more vividly to the reader that experience fosters understanding and, thereby irreversible and essential change.

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