Purple Hibiscus By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

1798 Words Jul 21st, 2015 8 Pages
Within the novel Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Adichie portrays the development of the protagonists Jaja and Kambili as well as numerous other secondary characters that influence these individuals. One is demonstrated how Kambili, Jaja, and Eugene, the father of Kambili and Jaja, are exposed to diverse environments throughout the novel. These individuals all respond to certain changes brought upon their lives differently contingent to whether they accept it in a positive manner or whether they identify it as an obstacle that is conflicting with their initial beliefs. Though, initially the protagonists Jaja and Kambili struggle to become open-minded to new aspects and truly express themselves, their surroundings cause them to be instilled with fear, which impedes their overall growth as an individual. In Aunt Ifeoma’s home, however, Jaja and Kambili are altered as they gradually become mature. Jaja is progressively shaping himself as a man who is able to encounter and triumph over difficult tasks and identify reason itself, leading to his responsible actions. While, Kambili’s surroundings enable her to express her true self within her. Eugene, on the other hand, conflicts with himself as he resists the changes his environment is attempting to place on him, as he considers what he individually values to be the most essential. Nonetheless, the characters throughout the novel reveal how they react when confronted with new aspects and how they apply that to their…
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