At the beginning of the book, the children and their mother rely cripplingly on muteness and live on expectations. For most of her life, Kambili has been quiet and communication between her brother and mother was “more with [their] spirits than [their] lips” (16). Papa raised them to silent at home, in school and in church. He even boasts, “They are not like those loud children people are raising these days, with no home training and no fear of God” (58). The silence in Enugu consists of bleakness, desolateness, and moroseness.
On page 262 Kambili says “The stairs seemed delicate all of a sudden as if they would crumble and a huge hole would appear to prevent me from leaving”. Kambili is becoming stronger and more independent, rather than being submissive towards her father in this quote she is leaving him and feels a little bit guilty but goes ahead. My second piece of evidence in on page 276 when Kambili professes her love for father Amadi. “As we got into his car I said I love you”. This also supports my claim because her father doesn't like Father Amadi but in this moment Kambili is more independent and doesn't care about her father.
She was very afraid to tell her father and was sure she’d get punished. “I wanted to say I came second so that he would know immediately, so that I would acknowledge my failure.” This doesn’t elicit a new ability from Kambili, but reveals how afraid she is of disappointing her father. Kambili also disproves Horace’s statement in the beginning of the novel when she believes everything Eugene tells her. Kambili cannot bond with her grandfather, Papa Nnukwu, because Eugene has been telling her that he is a heathen. “Because Papa Nnukwu is a pagan.
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 resistance. This is very prominent when in the beginning of the novel Eugene throws the missal across the room, furious at Jaja’s disobedience, and breaks Mama’s figurines.
Kambili refuses to implicate her father in his own acts of violence through the formulation of her sentences. She removes the blame from her phrases and in this way power relations are depicted through the use of specific linguistic choices and language placement. I wanted to say “Yes, Papa,” because he was right, but the burning on my feet was climbing up, in swift courses of excruciating pain, to my head and lips and eyes.” (194) Her admiration and respect for him causes her to remove the blame and ignore Eugene’s abusive actions. Kambili continuously removes agency from her statements when talking about her father. “I meant to say I am sorry Papa broke your figurines, but the words that came out were, ‘I’m sorry your figurines broke, Mama’” (10) (Adichie,
I was almost screaming.” In this section of Purple Hibiscus Kambili can be characterized as strong because when serious thing like this happen Kambili usually acts as if she was brainwashed not to react. Another event that took place to prove that Kambili became strong was when Jaja took the blame for killing Eugene. On page 291 it states,” Jaja didn't wait for their questions; he had told them he had used rat poison, that he put it in Papa's tea.In this section kambili can be characterized as nonchalant because she knew who really killed her father and she would usually question herself but she let Jaja take the blame for their father's
This line is spoken from Kambili’s thoughts. This demonstrates the effects of how
This novel is about a family that 's high in society in Nigeria, Africa. This family is being abused by their father, Eugene, who is big on religion, and society is blinded by it because Eugene showers them with food and money. At the beginning of the story, Kambili is very soft and passive. She let her Papa and cousin Amaka talk to her disrespectfully: although itś her father, he is still supposed to respect her. In the middle of the story, Kambili is spending time with her aunt and cousins in Nsukka; which causes her to start to become deceptive and understanding.
Kambili Achike is the first person narrator of the story. She develops into an aware young girl in her abusive home in a politically unstable Nigeria. Her family is made up of Papa Eugene, Mama Beatrice and Jaja. Although Kambili suffers abuse from her father, she idealises him and somehow manages to justify his violent actions toward her and her family. Instead of having to think about the violence within her family she and Jaja discuss the violence experienced by the public world as the fate of their family becomes a symbol for the fate of the whole country.
On the other hand, Kambili acknowledges that God can be found anywhere and she appreciates its determination to make her live what gives them joy and relaxation, without requiring father money to pay for it. More money and friends with good social position means you are not alone, means you can have what you want, but one thing we can be sure of: the valuable things in life don’t have