Purple Hibiscus Quotes

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Purple Hibiscus Essay
“We stand the risk of stagnation, because we refused to take risks. So life demands risks.” ― Sunday Adelaja. This holds true for everything in life, not just in certain situations. To that extent Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie stood true to this in the flawless way of her telling of the Purple Hibiscus. Throughout the story Kambili is beaten, held to unbearable standards, and looked down upon. This all leads to her learning to love, becoming independent, gaining joy along with happiness, and other such emotions all for the sake of finding who she is. The Roman poet Horace once wrote, “ Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.” In Purple Hibiscus, Adichie utilizes
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One such time is when Kambili begin to feel independent. While Kambili and Father Amadi converse, Kambili begin to think of how much she misses Papa, but she didn 't all the same. ¨ I did want to talk to Papa, to hear his voice, to tell him what I had eaten and what I had prayed about so that he would approve, so that he would smile so much his eyes would crinkle at the edges. And yet, I did not want to talk to him; I wanted to leave with Father Amadi, or with Aunty Ifeoma and never come back (Adichie 268).¨ This can be related to the previous paragraph, but whenever Kambili goes to include her father in her life, she usually lets him dictate the decision. This time she does not care what Papa has to say about how she feels or what she wants. Kambili also learns another part of herself when she becomes heartbroken. Father Amadi and Kambili are talking, and Father Amadi asks Kambili to come spend some time with him at the chaplaincy, but she refuses due to unresolved emotions. ¨ I did not know that tears had slipped down my cheeks until Father Amadi reached out and wiped them away, running his open palm over my face. Then he enclosed me in his arms and held me.(page # 282)¨ Or. ¨ I wanted to ask him to say my name in a different way because he did not have the right to say it the old way. Nothing should be the same,…show more content…
This entire story has shown that people will change. That is what is shown through Kambili and the trials she faces, that in order to overcome them she could not become stagnant. In the beginning of the story, Kambili went to a market and saw a woman being beaten. In the middle of the book, her father beat her for having the painting of Papa Nnukwu. In the end of the book, Kambil begins to feel pain towards the fact that not only was Aunty Ifeoma and her children were leaving, but also father Amadi too. In the midst of all these trials and travesties, she found a way to overcome them. She had to change in order to live life to the fullest. That is what I believe that Chimamanda is trying to convey in this story to readers. This is relevant to today’s society because it holds true for everyone, not just one person. Life itself is change, so in order to confront this you must yourself be willing to
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