Themes Explored in Purple Hibiscus

2095 Words May 11th, 2012 9 Pages
1) Five major issues explored in purple hibiscus are; domestic violence, oppression, religion, education and love.
2a) Adichie uses a narrative point of view to explore the theme of domestic violence. The book is narrated in the first person by a 15 year old who is directly affected by domestic violence. Because of her young age she is quiet honest and this allows her to paint a great picture to the audience of the brutal abuse that Eugene bestows upon his family. This is as a result of her sensitive, intelligent and observant nature.
2b) Oppression is explored through narrative point of view. Adichie uses the point of view of Kambili to show the audience how oppressed the country is not only in the Achike household but the whole of
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Kambili sees the sips of scorching tea from her father as a representation of his love, this love is very painful. Amadi’s love on the other hand is not the painful kind of love but instead a joyous one.
4a) Adichie uses setting to explore domestic violence. Domestic violence is present in the Achike household. This setting is the only setting in the entire book where domestic violence is present. Adichie uses a variety of things and rooms within this setting to bring out domestic violence some examples are the figurines, Eugene and Beatrice’s room and the bathroom.
4b) the entire setting of Nigeria brings out the theme of oppression especially political oppression. All of Nigeria is suffering as a result of the political oppression, including Abba Town, Enugu and Ifeoma’s village. The road setting also shows political oppression, especially when persons are stopped and searched by the military for no good reason.
4c) Religion is explored through setting, Adichie uses Aunty Ifeoma’s home to teach Kambili things about religion different that she had been taught be her father. It was in Aunty Ifeoma’s house that Kambili understood her grandfather’s traditionalist religion and was able to make a link between Catholicism and Traditionalist.
4d) A setting used to explore education is Aunty Ifeoma’s home. Aunty Ifeoma in her home speaks of the many young girls in the school who get married then allow their husbands to own them and their degrees.
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