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Second-Class Citizen

Our protagonist in this great novel is Adah Ofili, and the story follows her life from childhood into adulthood. Adah was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and due to the "unfortunate" fact that she was a...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2020 8:35 pm UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

Buchi Emeta uses many literary devices in Second-Class Citizen. These include personification, allusion, and simile. One example of personification relates to Adah’s identification of the river...

Latest answer posted June 27, 2019 8:36 pm UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

Chapter 1 is entitled “Childhood,” as it looks back at the very beginning of Adah’s life. She lives in Lagos, Nigeria, and her family is from an upper-class background. Adah grows up just years...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2019 7:23 pm UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

In Second Class Citizen Buchi Emecheta writes about a girl called Adah, who dreams of leaving Nigeria and instead wants to live in the United Kingdom, a country she imagines to be the land of her...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2019 3:25 pm UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

Second-Class Citizen, written by Buchi Emecheta, tells the story of Adah, a Nigerian woman who overcomes setback after setback in her life due to her being classified as a second-class citizen. The...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2019 12:41 pm UTC

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Chapter 5 of “Second-Class Citizen” is titled “An Expensive Lesson.” The chapter starts with Adah having a difficult morning. She is pregnant and feels tired. As if this is not enough, her baby...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2020 7:40 pm UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

Adah has always dreamed of one day going to England. Indeed, it is the pinnacle of her ambition. But when she sets foot in the country as a teen bride, the dream quickly turns into a nightmare. Far...

Latest answer posted March 19, 2020 1:48 pm UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

The novel Second-Class Citizen by Buchi Emecheta presents several important themes including misogyny, immigration, racial prejudice, and female strength. The novel reveals the deeply engrained...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2021 7:04 pm UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

All too often in literature, the theme of the stubborn woman can be put to misogynistic ends to portray women as shrewish, nagging, and chronically unreasonable. Stubbornness in women was not...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2020 12:39 pm UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

Adah does not marry for love; she marries to pursue her dreams. She has wanted to go to the United Kindgom since she was eight years old, and she stops at nothing to pursue that goal. Still, even...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2019 2:23 am UTC

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In Chapter 6, Adah and Francis are evicted from their apartment and must find a new place to live. Landlords either refuse to rent to “coloured” people or lie and say the place is already rented....

Latest answer posted August 7, 2020 4:32 am UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

In Buchi Emecheta's novel, Second-Class Citizen, Adah dreams of moving to the United Kingdom as a little girl. When she is old enough to work, she finds a job that pays well, and which guarantees...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2019 10:32 am UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

There are two tensions in Adah's attempts to be a good mother and a good wife, leading to contradictions which are almost certain to emerge whenever a wife and mother is married to an abusive...

Latest answer posted December 14, 2020 8:21 pm UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

Buchi Emecheta's novel Second Class Citizen follows the journey of the protagonist, Adah, from childhood to adulthood. Throughout her life, Adah overcomes many obstacles, and through her...

Latest answer posted November 3, 2020 2:26 pm UTC

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Adah's first-born child is a daughter, who she and her husband, Francis Obi, name Titi. Titi's birth came as a disappointment to Francis and his family, as it was widely hoped within the family...

Latest answer posted August 9, 2020 1:30 pm UTC

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In Second-Class Citizen, the character of Francis Obi embodies the theme of irresponsible husbandhood. After they are married, Adah Ofili’s impression of him changes. Adah had been attracted to...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2021 8:57 pm UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

While there is no universal definition of what makes a parent a failure, a compelling case can be made for Francis Obi's failure in this area. It is also easy to argue that he is a failure as a...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2021 7:21 pm UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

The book Second-Class Citizen was published by Buchi Emecheta in 1976. The novel tells the story of Adah, a young Nigerian woman. Since she was a young girl, Adah had dreamed of moving to the...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2020 1:34 am UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

When Adah moves from Lagos to London to join her husband, Francis, she finds him a changed person. In Nigeria she had believed that the shared the same dream of finding success in England. During...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2019 6:29 am UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

Our protagonist in this great story is Adah Ofili. As a child, all Adah wanted was the opportunity to get an education. Through sheer determination, she completes her secondary education and then...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2020 3:24 pm UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

Colonialism and its enduring legacy is a central theme in Second-Class Citizen. The protagonist, Adah, is an indigenous African born in Nigeria during World War II and spends her entire childhood...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2019 3:59 pm UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

The novel Second-Class Citizen, by Buchi Emecheta, follows the life of its protagonist, Adah. Adah grew up in Lagos, Nigeria. During her childhood and youth, Adah developed the desire to live in...

Latest answer posted November 21, 2019 11:35 am UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

Second-Class Citizen is a novel written by Buchi Emecheta. It was first published in 1974 and follows the story of Adah, who eventually leaves her homeland and moves to Great Britain, following her...

Latest answer posted February 17, 2021 10:45 am UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

Second Class Citizen is a novel written by Buchi Emecheta. It was first published in 1974. It follows the life of Adah, who grew up in Nigeria and then moved to the United Kingdom in order to join...

Latest answer posted January 12, 2020 2:53 pm UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

In an ideal world, Adah's obstinacy would have led to her having a great life, but due to the patriarchal values forced upon her life, it takes a long time for her obstinacy to start paying off for...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2020 12:35 pm UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

Second Class Citizen is a 1974 novel written by Buchi Emecheta. It tells the story of a Nigerian woman who overcomes sexist traditional African (Nigerian) practices to eventually provide an...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2020 11:44 pm UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

It has always been Adah's dream to go to London. Over the years, she's developed a rather romanticized image of the UK's capital city. In her imagination it is the epitome of all that is decent and...

Latest answer posted April 15, 2020 7:10 am UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

A large portion of Adah’s desire to bring change to her life and improve her circumstances stems from her responsibilities as a mother. While she has always been ambitious, she prioritizes her...

Latest answer posted March 25, 2021 7:46 pm UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

Throughout Second-Class Citizen, our protagonist, Adah Ofili, is expected to fulfill a variety of roles. She is a dutiful daughter, and after tragedy strikes, she becomes a ward and slave. Later,...

Latest answer posted March 27, 2021 2:42 pm UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

In chapter 12 of Second-Class Citizen, Adah experiences something of an epiphany. At this crucial stage in the story, she starts to think of herself as more of an individual rather than a mere...

Latest answer posted March 30, 2021 1:18 pm UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

Pa Noble used to work as a liftman on the London Underground. It wasn't his first choice of career; he came to London to study law but was never able to succeed in his studies. He tried finding...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2021 10:16 am UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

At the start of this novel, Adah is a young Nigerian girl who has dreams of getting an education and making something of her life. By the end, she is a battered wife determined to leave her...

Latest answer posted April 3, 2021 3:38 pm UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

Male privilege is evident in Nigerian society right from the start of Adah's story, when the fact that she is a girl means she must fight to be sent to school and get an education. For her brother,...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2021 4:10 am UTC

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Second-Class Citizen

Adah's husband Francis is an old-fashioned Nigerian man who doesn't believe in any kind of birth control except natural family planning. Inevitably, this means that Adah ends up giving birth at...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2021 1:01 pm UTC

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