Purple Hibiscus – Written Task
Write the text of an interview with the author of Purple Hibiscus in which she discusses her representation of Nigerian culture through the character of Father Eugene and Papa Nnukwu.
The purpose of this written task is to analyse how Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche uses the character of Eugene Achike to depict the Western culture, imported alongside colonialism, and that apparently is in antagonism with the Igboo one, whose exponent is another character, Papa Nnukwu. I aimed to show that they are rather used as symbols in the text, representing the very essence of the assigned culture. Moreover, I wanted to show that they can only make sense if presented together, proving in a larger sense that although the Igboo culture and the Western one are apparently rejecting each other, they are complementary. Furthermore, I explained why Kambili, who is the voice of the text, is the best choice in terms of perspective, as the audience of the book could easily identify themselves with her.
Lastly, I wanted to show that although the personal background of the author is not the same with her characters’, each one has elements of her identity, sending through this novel a subtle call to reconciliation between the two worlds that form the Nigerian society, the traditional and the surrogate one.
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Write the text of an interview with the author of Purple Hibiscus in which she discusses her representation of Nigerian culture through the