Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche exemplifies adversity throughout the main character. Purple Hibiscus is about a young girl named Kambili who faces beatings, deaths, freedom, and love. An example of adversity in the beginning of Purple Hibiscus is when Kambili’s mom was getting beat by her father. In the middle, Kambili went to Nsukka and changed her shy ways. In the end, Kambili found a man she loved in Nsukka.
Kambili was getting beaten for not giving the painting of papa grandfather . Saying that “ The sting was raw now,even more like bites, because the metal landed down open skin on my side, my back, my legs.” That almost took her life and ending up in the hospital for a while. She was doing something believed for papa Nnuwka. Holding on and bringing a painting of him. That was designed by her older cousin
During her young and difficult life, she started writing letters to God and express how she feels. She had tremendous abused from her father Alphonso who raped, beaten, and impregnated her twice. She presumed that Alphonso also killed her children after she delivered them. Alphonso had a new wife after her mother died. After quite some time, Alphonso wanted her instead of her pretty sister Nettie to marry a man they known only as Mister but with a real name of Albert.
Billy is 30, but treats him as if he is 5. Billy’s mother is similar to other female characters in this book because she treats men as if they are inferior and feels as if she has control over his whole life. This is connected to gender stereotypes because it is the opposite to what was expected in society during that time. Another example of this is when Billy was caught sleeping with Cherry and the big Nurse uses Billy’s fear of his mom against him to make him scared. “‘What worries me, Billy’ she said--I could hear the change in her voice--’is how your poor mother is going to take this’ (Kesey 314).
She becomes one among the other girls in that place; she shares a room with five members; Anitha, the half-frowning girl, Pushpa, the coughing woman, her two children Harish and Sahanna. Lakshmi’s thirst for education purges her to steal Pushpa’s son Harish, the David Beckam boy’s books and later he becomes her teacher. Pushpa is a widow and she develops disease, so Mumtaz asks her to sell her daughter Jeena, but she refuses, so Mumtaz throws her out without humanity. Anitha, once tried to escape from the place she was caught and the gundas broke her face, that incident left her face frown forever. Lakshmi happens to develop feeling for a street boy who sells tea and magazins for the girls.
Purple Hibiscus begins with reference to Chinua Achebe, "Things began to fall apart at home when my brother, Jaja, did not go to communion and Papa flung his heavy missal across the room and broke the figurines on the étagère." The novel tracks this family as the chilly, icebound order begins to break down, and something new replaces it. Visiting their aunt and her three children, Kambili and Jaja get a chance to see how a more ordinary, relaxed family functions. They come to know their "heathen" grandfather, whom Eugene will not see because he insists on practicing his traditional Igbo
One night, she heard her parents arguing and struggling in terrible wrath to each other and saw that they are struggling for the knife where her father had ordered her to take the knife away from her mother’s hand and so she followed and tossed it out the window. Engracia continuously spat and slapped Pio as soon as she was released from his grasp then clutched Martha and told her words that were foreign and strange, words that were only half-understood but Martha was crying. When Martha was eighteen, she fully understood the night that had been a blur to her when she was still twelve. She fell in love with a guy not older than herself, and her seriousness and innocence with love hindered things such as fun or flings and she asked him about their marriage and he just laughed at her. After her heartbreak, Martha had inflamed the hatred she kept against her father for
And now I feels sick everytime I be the one to cook,” (pg. 11). Celie is raped and choked in her own home by her father seeing that she is the oldest woman in the house. She is forced to be quiet as she fears she would be unsafe in her own home if she refused to be treated like that. Moreover, women in Canada nowadays are subjected to gender-based violence.
Her lies are less a thought of her own character and more a reflection of her husband’s surroundings .She does feel the need to keep up her self –respect, while satisfying her own needs. Again, her lies established the fact that how stressed she is by the opinions of her husband. The patriarchal setup of the play and gender roles are being broken as she is destroying the strict rules and by deciding to go out of family. She says that Torvald stops her from eating macaroons as they will destroy her teeth as well as her beauty, she still eats the macaroons. The limitations didn’t stop her from satisfying her own pleasures and she refused to obey through harmless actions showing that she strongly desires independence, but is too afraid to raise her own voice.
Rasheed blames Mariam many times such as her inability to become pregnant and for her bad cooking. It’s not her fault that she can’t have a baby and she tries to make good food for her husband but it could an excuse to hit or abuse her. When Rasheed is angry about this, he takes his anger on Mariam by beating her or such as forcing her to try to chew on rocks. “Now you know what your rice tastes like. Now you know what you 've given me in this marriage.