The Thing Around Your Neck Short Story

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In order to captivate an audience, there must be a relatable basis so the characters and stories can connect to the reader. In The Thing Around Your Neck, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, her short stories encapsulate the immigrant experience and what most people face, but more specifically Nigerian women and the adversities they can face when moving to a new country. To demonstrate these experiences, Adichie creates short stories, to show there’s more than one experience for immigrants in the new world they face. In The Thing Around Your Neck, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, men are represented negatively in order to highlight immigrant women and oppression they face in society. In Arrangers of Marriage, the main character Chinaza is constantly faced with pressures to assimilate and accept that she’s forced to marry a man she has never met. Upon arrival in the United States, Ofodile, Chinaza’s husband, presses her to adapt this new culture. Throughout her time in America, Ofodile is infatuated with the “American Lifestyle” forcing certain requirements onto Chinaza. In the story, Adichie uses metaphors frequently to show Chinaza’s discontent and how she is silenced from a male who is dominating her life. In the morning when making tea, Chinaza asks if there is any dried milk to add into hers. Ofodile automatically shuts down her request stating “Americans don’t drink their tea with milk and sugar” (171), making the tea bitter and tasteless, exactly how she feels about leaving
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