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Speaking With Our Spirits: A Character Analysis of Eugene Achike in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Att Prata Med Våra Själar : En karaktärsanalys av Eugene Achike i Chimamanda Ngozi Adichies Purple Hibiscus (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this essay is to conduct a character analysis on Eugene Achike from Chimamana Ngozi Adichie’s novel Purple Hibiscus, to see whether or not the character is used by Adichie as a portrayal of colonial Nigeria and its values. I have done this by looking at the themes of violence and hypocrisy in relation to Eugene’s language usage, religious attitude, and behaviour towards others, and comparing these aspects of his personality with the attitudes shown by colonialists in colonial Nigeria.

The more important issues that prove Eugene’s character is a portrayal of colonial Nigeria are: his utter disregard for his heritage and background, including the physical disregard of his father; his absolute control over his family members, both physically and mentally, which leads to violent outbursts if he is disobeyed; the fact that he is shown in the novel to be a direct product of the missionaries and colonial structure that was present in Nigeria when he grew up. These things, together with the subtle connections in Adichie’s writing that connect her novel to Things Fall Apart, firmly place Purple Hibiscus in the postcolonial category. Thus, I concluded that Eugene’s character is a portrayal of Colonial Nigeria.

Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna upsats är att genomföra en karaktärsanalys på karaktären Eugene Achike i Chimamanda Ngozi Adichis roman Purple Hibiscus, för att se ifall karaktären används av Adichie som en skildring av koloniala Nigeria och dess värderingar. Jag har gjort detta genom att undersöka två teman – våld och hyckleri – i samband med Eugenes användning av språk, religös attityd, och beteende mot andra, för att då jämföra dessa aspekter av hans personlighet med attityderna kolonisatörer hade i koloniala Nigeria.

De viktigaste sakerna som bevisar att Eugenes karaktär är en skildring av koloniala Nigeria är: hans fullständiga ignoreing av sin bakgrund, inklusive den fysiska ignorering av hans pappa; hans absoluta kontroll över sin familj, både fysiskt och mentalt, vilket leder till våldsamma utbrott om han inte blir åtlydd; det faktum att han beskrivs som en produkt av missionärerna och koloniala samhället vid flera tillfällen i boken. Detta tillsammans med romanens subtila kopplingar till Achebes Things Fall Apart, placerar tveklöst Purple Hibiscus i den postkoloniala kategorin. Därmed drar jag slutsatsen att Eugene’s karaktär är en skildring av koloniala Nigeria.

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2017. , p. 16
Keyword [en]
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Chinua Achebe, African Literature, Postcolonialism, Purple Hibiscus, Colonial Nigeria, Religion, Christianity, Language, Behaviour
Keyword [sv]
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Chinua Achebe, Afrikansk Litteratur, Postkolonialism, Purple Hibiscus, Koloniala Nigeria, Religion, Kristendom, Språk, Beteende
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General Literature Studies Specific Literatures
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-65249OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-65249DiVA, id: diva2:1159414
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English
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Secondary Education Programme: Upper-Secondary School: English (300 ECTS credits)
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