Purple Hibiscus Questions and Answers

Purple Hibiscus

One of the themes of the book is the hypocrisy of traditional religion. Kambili's father, Eugene, is a devout Catholic, but he abuses his family. At the beginning of the book, he flings his missal...

Latest answer posted December 17, 2016, 1:40 am (UTC)

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In the beginning of the book, in the section entitled "Breaking God: Palm Sunday," the narrator, Kambili Achike, relates what happened to make her family change so radically on Palm Sunday. This is...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2018, 2:59 pm (UTC)

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Throughout Purple Hibiscus, silence plays a significant role in shaping the behavior of the main characters. As Eugene, the husband and father, terrorizes the Achike family with his violence and...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2021, 3:55 am (UTC)

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie moves the reader through time in two different ways in Purple Hibiscus. At the end, the reader realizes that the character of Kambili is looking back three years, to the...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2019, 11:13 pm (UTC)

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I would argue that the theme of hypocrisy is brought to life and presented through the character of Papa. To explain this, we must first define hypocrisy. In a nutshell, hypocrisy is when someone...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2021, 7:47 pm (UTC)

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Kambili’s mother tells her about her husband's choice not to procreate with other women early on in the novel. The scene takes place after Kambili’s dad has acted with notable violence to her...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2021, 5:28 pm (UTC)

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In Purple Hibiscus, Kambili finding her voice, literally and figuratively, is a symbol of her transformation from a restricted, shy girl to a blossoming, fun young woman. When Kambili and her...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2021, 11:12 pm (UTC)

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I think that one distinct symbolic use of the Peugeot is to enhance the representation of order and structure. Kambili understands that the car embodies not only status and power, but also a sense...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2015, 1:26 pm (UTC)

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Ironically, Papa (also known as Eugene) is extremely highly regarded in his community. He is seen as an upstanding citizen, a generous benefactor, and a man of God. Unfortunately, behind closed...

Latest answer posted August 17, 2021, 8:04 pm (UTC)

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"Mama started with a prayer for peace and for the rulers of our country." Belief and faith play an important part in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's debut novel, Purple Hibiscus. Set in postcolonial...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2020, 5:47 pm (UTC)

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Given the limited space, I will have to deal briefly with what is a big question. To begin with, there are five major characters in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's debut novel, Purple Hibiscus, first...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2020, 11:37 pm (UTC)

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Purple Hibiscus, a novel that takes place in Nigeria, begins on Palm Sunday when the protagonist, a 15-year-old girl named Kambili Achike, describes an incident that begins the dissolution of her...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2018, 1:21 pm (UTC)

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"The white missionaries brought us their God," Amaka was saying. "Which was the same color as them, worshiped in their language and packaged in the boxes they made." The clearest expression of...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2020, 9:29 pm (UTC)

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This novel contains a number of important themes relevant to African society but also to a number of sociological world trends, which no doubt explains its appeal. I am not going to give you a huge...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2009, 4:19 am (UTC)

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