Purple Hibiscus Analysis

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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 in which they are not provided with equal treatment. Though they struggle with acceptance due to their gender, race, and their cultural practices, both characters are able to form a more coherent identity and fight against the oppression that is being imposed on them.
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Women, during this period, are taught to believe that life is not worth living, nor is it complete, without the presence of a male figure, and as a result, deny thoughts and feelings of oppression.
Similarly, Tituba consistently endures challenges in attempting to overcome the dominance of men and subvert masculine cruelty. Early on, both Mama Yaya and Abena warn and advise her to stay away from men: “Men do not love. They possess. They subjugate.” (Condé 14). Throughout the novel, Condé exemplifies the many ways in which men take advantage of, abuse, and impose their superiority on women. Tituba grew up with an internal hatred for white men because she was conceived through rape. Similar to Beatrice’s thinking, Tituba also believes that a woman’s life is glorified when supported by a man. During her time under Samuel Parris’s ownership, she developed a bond with his wife, Goodwife Parris. Through Goodwife Parris, Tituba is able to recognize the horrific manner in which Samuel Parris treats his wife. However, during their only quarrel, Tituba still claims to Elizabeth that a male’s presence is a necessity––“What is more beautiful than a woman’s body! Especially when it is glorified by man’s desire!” (Condé 43).
Beatrice and Tituba face a double oppression due to their race and gender. Being confined to a “black” body limits these women
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