Purple Hibiscus Themes

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PATRIARCHY IN PURPLE HIBISCUS Chanelle Lowe(19846789)
Purple Hibiscus is about fifteen- year- old Kambili and her coming of age story as she lives in fear of her father, a violent Catholic patriarch who, although is respected in the community, is repressive and extremely religious at home.
Kambili and Jaja are staying at their Aunty Ifeoma and Aunty Ifeoma has asked Kambili to help prepare orah leaves. Kambili unfortunately does not know how to prepare orah leaves, but Amaka shows her how to do it. A little while later, Father Amadi arrives. He greets everyone and when he shakes Kambili’s hand, he holds on to her hand a little while longer. Father Amadi tells Kambili that he is going to fetch her later to take her to the football stadium.
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Eugene’s corporal power also reaches the community as he is enriched when his Western-style products are bought and his capitalist values are acquired by the community. Therefore, Eugene’s authority can be seen through the Western optic of the self-made man and he is the patriarch of not only his family, but also of the entire town.
He employs a set of procedures for narration, induction, identification and codification. He sets up schedules for Kambili and Jaja and because of that Kambili never watches television, thus when Amaka asks Kambili why she does not watch television, Kambili does not voice her explanation which she so desperately wanted to. Instead she kept quiet, but Father Amadi noticed when he came to Aunty Ifeoma’s house that there is a lot going on inside Kambli’s head.
The fact that Kambili stayed silent when Amaka asked her about watching television, illustrates the prevalent presence of silence in the novel. The silence is not only a form of oppression in Purple Hibiscus, in the sense that Kambili’s silence can be attributed to her father’s abuse, but it also becomes a way of

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