Female Bildungsroman In Adichie's Purple Hibiscus

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Female Bildungsroman in Adichie’s “Purple hibiscus” “Bildungsroman” is a kind of novel that follows the development of the hero from childhood or adolescence into adulthood, through a troubled quest for identity. In a Bildungsroman, the goal is maturity, and the protagonist achieves it gradually with difficulty. The genre often features a main conflict between the main character and society. The term female Bildungsroman is to defend the representation of women’s experience in writing a necessary means to fulfill the goal of finding a new female Bildung. The central theme of contemporary women’s fiction is the quest for authentic female self development. The starts from the adolescent protagonist’s coming of age as the mature woman’s awakening to reality of her social and cultural role as a women and her subsequent attempts to reexamine her life and shape it in accordance with her…show more content…
He crushes everyone under his feet kambili always lives in perpetual fear of him. Violence seems to have erupted in the very first line of novel. Kambili says that “Things started to fall apart at home when my brother jaja did not go to communion and papa flung his heavy missal across the room” (03). Whenever kambili and her mother make a mistake, he beats them brutally. He never hesitates to throw a table or a heavy missal over them. Hes always maintains a daily schedule for his children who include study hours, prayer, church masses, family time, siesta, lunch, sleep etc. kambili has no friends. She is not permitted to watch television, she is not able to answer. Amaka thinks that she is bored by her luxuries. Amaka has come from the poor family background and is raised by a single parent. But kambili knows very well that watching tv is not in her daily schedule. Thus each and euery activity of her is clearly described and must be strictly adhered

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