Purple Hibiscus Analysis

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Suhani Gupta
AAAD 201
Dr. Fhunsu
13 November 2017
The inequalities between genders remains a contested topic even today. Due to race, gender, and social class, societies, many of which are primarily dominated by the white population, render the personalities and identities of black women as invisible. Both Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Maryse Condé use their novels to give their two characters, Beatrice and Tituba, respectively, a voice. Sister Beatrice and Tituba grow up and live in an environment that supports the patriarchy and emphasizes the importance of belief in Christianity. However, both work to fight against this oppression while still r
Through the voice of Kambili, Sister Beatrice’s daughter, Adichie addresses the cultural issue of female oppression. The most common form of abuse that is displayed in Purple Hibiscus is domestic violence. Throughout the novel, there are many instances in which Sister Beatrice silently endures and accepts the physical battering by Eugene––she never explicitly shares her pain with anyone. However, the author reveals hints of evidence, such as “the recent jagged scar on her forehead” (Adichie 15). Beatrice also has multiple miscarriages due to Eugene’s physical abuse, and though it is his fault, he teaches the children to pray for their mother’s forgiveness. Kambili wondered why Mama “polished [the figurines] each time [she] heard sounds from their bedroom, like something being banged against the door”, but slowly realizes the

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