What is the meaning in the novel Half of a Yellow Sun?

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The meaning behind Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's novel Half of a Yellow Sun is defined by the struggles, sufferings , and losses the characters in the text face. The novel provides moving excerpts regarding family, love, community woven between images of war and conflicts which arise when traditions face the rising of modern ideology.

Therefore, one can easily state that Adichie's wish for the novel is to show those outside of Nigeria the impact that the Nigerian-Biafran War had on its people. While the novel starts out as a love story, it quickly moves into how the war pulled its people apart.

The overall issue, meaning, of the novel is to show the inner turmoil which natives of a particular place struggle against (internal war), as well as the struggles they face in regards to the war going on around them.