The Thing Around Your Neck Critical Analysis

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote a book of stories about Nigerian women in all sorts of situations. All of these stories relate it different ways and some more than others. Adichie made sure to show a large difference in the way men and women treat each other. In the book “The Thing Around Your Neck”, Adichie chooses to represent men in a disturbing, disrespectful and uncomfortable way and women is a more vulnerable way. She does this to show that there are a lot of men that try to take advantage of women in many different ways. In the book “The Thing Around Your Neck”, Adichie chooses to represent men in a disturbing, disrespectful and uncomfortable way by adding in little details like “My husband woke me up by settling his heavy body on…show more content…
Adichie tells us these things in the stories by hinting at the women’s background and giving information throughout the whole story almost like a reminder to the reader to keep thinking about what has happened to these women. In the story The Thing Around Your Neck, we are constantly reminded by the main character's boyfriend and his family about her past because that is what he talks about the most. For example when they’re all at dinner together, “his father asked how similar Indian food was to Nigerian food” even when all of them are trying to have a normal meal, someone still finds a way to talk about Nigeria her (p126). This shows how the boyfriend wants to take her culture and have it for himself even though he doesn't know how it actually is like to like in Lagos. This is also show in The Arrangers of Marriage when Udenwa makes coconut pudding and it smells up the whole complex, her new husband Dave says “I don't want us to be known as the people who fill the building smells of foreign food”(p 179). We are constantly reminded of Udenwas past because everytime it is brought up, Dave finds ways to belittle her and tries to take her culture away from her. The men are also disrespectful to the women in these stories. Adiches chooses to show this in Jumping Monkey Hill when the main character is sexually harassed by a man at the conference. The man in the story tries to take advantage of the woman and embarrassed her in front of the whole group. In the story
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