It is a third person omniscient narrator, which gives the reader an opportunity to gain insight into the minds, thoughts and perceptions of Munda and the white men. This allows the reader to empathise with the characters. The narrator is implicit, as he/she does not participate in the story. The events are seen from both the black and the white people’s points of view, which clarifies the reasons behind the hostile relationship between these two population groups. In this way, the reader becomes acquainted with both sides of the story. The narrator’s own attitude to the events and to the characters is not shown, but the sympathy lies with Munda and the
Through characterisation, the author is able to construct representations of disempowerment. One of the most important characters in the story is “Fat Maz” and her parents. In the story, the main character is portrayed as being fat, unmotivated to do anything and living a very bland life. For example,
Adichie is able to use her own life experiences, her personal knowledge, and her undeniable farcical character to create another side to the single story. Adichie’s inspirational words are nothing short of being honest, palpable, and sufficient enough to cause all people to reconsider their views. The end to Adichie’s speech is inspired by a thought, “That when we reject the single story, when we realize that there is never a single story about any place, we regain a kind of paradise” (Adichie). Concluding with the thought that we ourselves achieve a serenity whilst remaining open minded to the goodness of the people around
This includes the courage shown by the unnamed narrator in ‘Cell One’ to stand up and cause damage to her parent’s windshield so they could not go and visit Nnamabia for a day, a ‘little victory’ to the less favored sibling. Likewise, Ukamaka, in ‘The Shivering’ is courageous enough to apologise to Chinedu and repair their friendship, whilst in ‘The Arrangers of Marriage’ Chinaza returns to her husband. Despite his various attempts to strip her of her cultural identity and not ‘know[ing] him’ she returns and opens herself to ‘climb[ing] up to love’. Perhaps true courage is most evident in ‘A Private Experience’ where a Hausa Muslim and Igbo Christian hide together in a store while outside their respective ethnic groups are engaged ‘hacking down…with machetes, clubbing…with stones’. To risk the possibility of being seen together, alongside the friendship they develop is a truly courageous act. Adichie therefore demonstrates that ultimately human kindness trumps any religious lines, whilst the women are capable of actions that put themselves in harm’s way.
We were all created to be different. Some may have similar physical features, but no two persons have the same DNA. I like to think of written stories in the same way, because although two stories can share many literary devices, no two stories will be identical, because they each reveal a larger theme. Each individual has a distinct perspective in which they see and comprehend, and that is why I believe that each story is open to endless unique interpretations by various individuals. Literary devices are what grab and captivate the readers, because they give the story purpose and meaning, in essence leaving the story to be interpreted by various perspectives. In the story “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?” by Joyce Carol Oates,
The human condition is as far from reason and judgement as anything can be, it is what we have tried to explain for centuries and it is still a confusing maze we attempt and pretend to understand. Holden from The Catcher in the Rye and Paul from Six degrees of
An important part of gaining understanding of other perceptions is acknowledging that what a person takes away from a particular event can be different from another’s view of the same event. People make judgements of others based on the past and if past instances are negative then present situations and the people involved will be judged in a negative light.
In response to the speech ‘The danger of a single story” spoken by chimamanda Ngozi Adichie the key ideas that stood out for me in this speech was how society takes one persons actions of a particular group and base those actions on the behaviour of all of them. Assuming that based on the actions of one individual determines how supposedly everyone else should seem to act, clouding their judgement. The idea of society caught up in stereotypes and labels and the influence of power influencing people's decisions for example the government.
In Adichie’s TED talk, she tells how the “single story” is very dangerous thing. Adichie gets this across by telling her experiences receiving a “single story” by her mother. Adichie’s Mother had told her over many years that there was this boy that was coming to live with them. This little boy was part of a very poor family, Adichie’s mother had said to her, “ Eat the rest of your food, you know there are some people in this world just like the little boy that don’t have this food and are starving.” Now Adichie had always looked at this little boy being poor, when she had met this little boy he was able to make many things and seemed very happy and content with where he was in life. Now if this little boy looked at his own life the way that
One example to this statement is that both of the girls in the story get treated badly. In The Rough-Faced Girl, her sisters make her sleep by the fire. Her arms, legs, and face get burnt each and every night. In The Orphan, she has to make a meal for her mother and sisters but she only is allowed to drink a few drops of water. Also, both girls have two older sisters that are mean to her.
In these three stories we have three different characters who are cast outs and seem to stray away from the world around them. The difference in these three characters is that they each have a certain way they express this theme of loneliness and alienation. While some characters may seem to have no troubles or problems whatsoever on the outside, it does not mean that they are normal on the inside as well. To figure out why these characters appeal to us, like so, takes a more psychological bearing into their well being and how they think. It also means looking closer at how they view the world around them as well as other people.
2a) Adichie uses a narrative point of view to explore the theme of domestic violence. The book is narrated in the first person by a 15 year old who is directly affected by domestic violence. Because of her young age she is quiet honest and this allows her to paint a great picture to the audience of the brutal abuse that Eugene bestows upon his family. This is as a result of her sensitive, intelligent and observant nature.
The author’s use of a second person narrative is to put you in Akunna’s place to make the stories more direct to the reader. Using this method Adichie can more effectively state her point of view on the issue of poverty and immigration. By pointing out these issues in the second person the author can put the reader in the place of Akunna, so that the reader will feel bad for people living in poverty, making the reader want to do
The story’s two major characters are both considered as a stereotype character. Their roles were easily known as the author clearly discussed their parts and physiognomies in the story.