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Purple Hibiscus Figurines

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In the novel Purple Hibiscus, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the story begins by recounting the events that led to Papa breaking Mama’s figurines. The shattering of the étagère foreshadows the upcoming freedom that Mama, Kambili, and Jaja will experience. For many years, Mama, Kambili, and Jaja have been silently abused by Papa, but this all comes to an end after the kids have exposure to Aunty Ifeoma’s impoverished life. Glass figurines play a significant role in the story of Kambili and her family. As Kambili recalls, “I used to wonder why she [Mama] polished them [the figurines] each time I heard the sounds from their room, like something being banged against the door” (10). Mama’s methodical cleaning of the figurines assists in her healing
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