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The Wish for Stability: From Alienation to Femininity in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Purple Hibiscus
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay concerns Purple Hibiscus and Kambili's emotional development, and explores how violence, submission and emotional dependence along with a traditional feminine gender role can hinder acknowledgement of trauma. I propose that Kambili is encouraged to take on a culturally expected feminine gender role, and her submissive disposition is discussed and connected to her constant search for a father figure. The notion of personal and collective postcolonial trauma is explained and applied to contextualise her inability to question either her father or the political situation in Nigeria. I read Kambili's change as negative and aim to show that she has internalised patriarchal structures. Her change is contrasted to the change in her brother Jaja, to show how and why they develop in different directions. Traditional gender roles are discussed from a rather general perspective, but also in a context that concern masculinity, violence and power relations.

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2016. , 27 p.
Keyword [en]
submission, emotional dependency, father figure, gender, alienation, bell hooks, traditional gender roles, violence, male dominance, postcolonial, trauma
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Humanities Languages and Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-30130OAI: diva2:890443
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Available from: 2016-03-30 Created: 2016-01-04 Last updated: 2016-03-30Bibliographically approved

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