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Character Analysis Of Purple Hibiscus

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“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to preserve and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.”- Christopher Reeves. This represents how in life a regular person can turn into a hero just being able to find strength within themselves and “endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” The author is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. The main characters are Kambili, Jaja, Mama, Papa, Aunty Ifeoma, and Amaka. At first Kambili was timid in the beginning of the book, but became more confident when she confronted Amaka, while still finding her identity she became enlightened when she was baptized. In Purple Hibiscus, Adichie utilizes the character Kambili to prove this idea to be true, but only when people elicit positive talents out of negative situations. In the beginning of Purple Hibiscus, Kambili’s adversities do not elicit talents she never knew she had, which disproves Horaces’ argument that adversity leads to a positive change. Mama was pregnant, but one night she saw papa carrying her down the stairs after they had gotten into an argument and was brutally beaten.¨There’s blood on the floor,” Jaja said. “I’ll get the brush from the bathroom. We cleaned up the trickle of blood, which trailed away as if someone had carried a leaking jar of red watercolor all the way downstairs. Jaja scrubbed while I wiped (Adichie 33).” 33. Kambili is characterized as nonchalant as if this is normal to her which disproves Horaces’ argument that adversity leads to a positive

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