Colonialism In Purple Hibiscus

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Intense events can completely change how a person thinks, acts, or feels every second of the day. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illustrates how corruption (figuratively and literally) changes outlooks on life through the story of a girl named Kambili. Adichie’s work is known to reflect the dynamic of the Nigerian people during this era. Working to eliminate political strife, Adichie publishes Purple Hibiscus, hoping to demonstrate the true meaning of how it feels to live under an oppressive state of both physical and mental capacities. Domestic violence—physically and mentally—not only takes a toll on her, but also her family. As Kambili strives to find hope, she instead finds something bigger than that—change in herself. Adichie seeks to connect the story to the human experience, illuminating the attributes that make us truly human. As violence, hope, and colonialism are prevalent themes in Purple Hibiscus, Adichie strives to illuminate how events of different intensities can change a person altogether. Through manipulating factors of hospitality and religious beliefs against personal morals, Adichie reveals how Kambili's character develops throughout the story, resulting in a positive impact overall.
In teaching Kambili obedience, Aunty Ifeoma is able to transform Kambili’s personality for her own benefit. For instance, Kambili recognizes she is constantly put down by Amaka (her cousin), yet she does not assert herself. While witnessing Kambili’s shy and potent deposition,

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