Analysis Of The Novel ' Purple Hibiscus '

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Sacrifice and the Road to Identity As a child begins to grow into an adult, he will develop an identity that belongs entirely unto him. He breaks away from his parents and starts to become independent. While for most children this is a natural progression, there are some who struggle to develop personal identity and lack independence. Thus for children that want to flourish and be their own people, they must make sacrifices to achieve independence. In the novels, Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Adichie and Maps by Nuruddin Farah, children protagonists Kambili and Askar rely solely on their parents. Both children try to find themselves in spite of their parents’ control and in times of political unrest in their countries. However, in order for them to gain independence and an identity of their own, they must sacrifice family, love, and the familiarity of home. In the novel Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of Kambili, a young girl growing up with her brother in Nigeria trying to survive life that is controlled mercilessly by their father. Although Kambili’s father, Eugene, is a devout Catholic and does not hesitate to help others in his community, he is an oppressive and abusive father. Therefore he inspires fear in his household. In the article, “Coming of Age: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and the Voice of the Third Generation,” Heather Hewett states:
We watch his family’s fearful acquiescence to his dictates and his children’s watchful veneration of him as…
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