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Themes in Purple Hibiscus. Main Themes / Issues . From oppression to freedom Growing up/Search for Identity The Post-colonial legacy Domestic Violence and its effects Religion Also: disintegration, language, silence. Today’s music: Fela Kuti. Born in Nigeria 1938
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Subjects in Purple Hibiscus

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Main Themes/Issues From persecution to opportunity Growing up/Search for Identity The Post-pilgrim legacy Domestic Violence and its belongings Religion Also: crumbling, dialect, hush.

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Today\'s music: Fela Kuti Born in Nigeria 1938 Studied music in London Played jazz music/high-life music in Nigeria During Biafran war went to LA Introduced to the thoughts of Malcolm X and Black Panthers. Made \'Afro-beat\' music Songs censure the military administrations for violations Dreamed of Alternative society. Assembled a fence around house and proclaimed it \'Kalakuta republic\'

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Fela Kuti 2 His demonstration of rebellion was rebuffed. Captures, detainment and beatings. Turned out to be increasingly blunt and record deals went up 70s – tune "Zombie" – parody of military. At one show, riots broke out and gathering was captured. Hitched 27 young ladies Formed claim political gathering "Development of the People" kept running for president in 1979 however was rejected Imprisoned in 1984 on exaggerated charges Critic of expansionism, got to be representative for Africa Died in 1997. 1 million individuals went to his burial service.

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Theme 1: From Oppression to Freedom Oppression ��  Freedom Military dictatorship ��  Activism Domestic violence ��  Loving family Silence ��  Speaking out Colonialism ��  Post expansionism recover culture

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1. From Oppression to Freedom Oppression in national setting: Nigeria is persecuted by a military tyrant Big Oga. Human rights mishandle: e.g. vanishing + murder of ace majority rule government extremist Nwankiti Ogechi Ade Coker\'s passing by letter bomb No right to speak freely

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Historical setting: Oppression in Nigeria Novel depends on the time under the Abacha and Babangida juntas . Nation administered by dictators : Gen Sani Abacha took control and disintegrated all law based political organizations . After a strike in the oil business, he shut down media Only after his passing in 1998 did things change

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Nigeria\'s history 1960s: Igbo individuals battled for an autonomous condition of Biafra and occupied with common war to isolate from Nigeria War endured 2 ½ years and asserted more than 1 million passings from "military activity, sickness and starvation." This is the day and age that Eugene and Beatrice would have encountered as youthful grown-ups Following this, a student of history composes that Nigeria made a " cover of hush " about Biafra.

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Images from the Biafran war

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Oppression in family setting Papa persecutes Mama, Jaja and Kambili by forcing his will in each part of their lives, e.g. excessively merciless disciplines when they neglect to experience his exclusive standards Regularly beats Mama Children\'s timetables restrain their opportunity Discourages autonomy of thought or activity

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How did Eugene turn into an oppressor? He is a " frontier item" ��  got to be distinctly self-hatred (Igbo dialect, culture) His feeling of inadequacy �� rejects customary Igbo ways and his own particular father He was mistreated as a tyke. His experience of mortification and discipline by ministers as a kid started a cycle of blame and coldblooded types of compensation

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Reader\'s reaction to mistreatment We are compelled to analyze our responses to persecution Scenes of mishandle are convincing Eugene as a despot is interesting We can\'t quit perusing – we are pulled in/repulsed at same time: "We.. support Papa\'s vicious brutalisation of his family through the basic demonstration of keeping on perusing. Like Kambili we are compelled to compare Papa\'s detestable side to his cherishing adjust self image." (T.S. da Silva)

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Message 1: Oppression will proceed when individuals are quiet In the family, Kambili, Jaja and Mama have a tendency to stay noiseless, not notwithstanding recognizing Papa\'s brutality – a type of self-oversight . E.g. "I\'m sad your dolls broke, Mama." This is a great conduct of the casualty family in a residential mishandle circumstance. Eugene is pleased with his childrens\' calm acquiescence, yet Ade Coker appropriately asks, " Imagine what the Standard would be in the event that we were all peaceful." P. 57

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Message 2: Language is associated with opportunity The novel interfaces Freedom to Speak v. Hush of the persecuted . As opposed to K and J: Ifeoma\'s youngsters Obiora and Amaka demonstrate their relative opportunity in their noisy chuckling " throaty, chortling sounds pushed out with eagerness " (78) The Standard is one of only a handful couple of weapons left in a period of a military administration

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Ade Coker After Ade Coker returns after his capture by officers he expounds on the estimation of flexibility: " how his pen would not, proved unable, quit composing reality." p. 42: Government specialists had attempted to pay off Papa with a " truckful of dollars " (200) yet he requests that they go out. They likewise sever the hibiscus blossoms.

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How the Govt pulverized their Freedom of Speech Soldiers obliterate of the workplace of The Standard : " The warriors took each duplicate of the whole print run, crushed furniture and printers, bolted the workplaces, took the keys and barricaded the entryways and windows." P. 146 This annihilation is reminiscent of Eugene\'s savagery (crushing puppets) taking after Jaja practicing his right to speak freely. The govt additionally don\'t permit the college to choose their own particular sole executive. This prompts to challenges. P. 223

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The incongruity inside Eugene bolsters political flexibility yet confines the opportunity of his family so cruelly Ade recognizes his distributer Eugene, as a " man of trustworthiness, the most courageous man I know." He consents to distribute on Nwankiti Ogechi as opposed to run the story on Big Oga.

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One side of Eugene: the man of honesty He thought about his staff and comprehended the significance of them distributing reality so much he made The Standard distribute from a mystery area. Government specialists: " men in dark who yanked hibiscuses off as they cleared out" … had attempted to "pay off Papa with a truckful of dollars" (200) however he requests that they go out.

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Message 3: Breaking the cycle of viciousness Hilary Mantel composes: "If a casualty of youngster mishandle is to break the cycle and abstain from giving on the example of savagery to the people to come, she needs an observer in her like… somebody who perceives what is going on and speaks to some affirmation that there are different qualities … who guarantees the casualty that she is adorable and has potential for good."

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Aunty Ifeoma – the witness HOW DOES SHE HELP TO "FREE" KAMBILI AND JAJA FROM THEIR FATHER\'S OPPRESSION? She devastates the youngsters\' timetable They see her kids are autonomous and live without dread She shows them their granddad is not a rapscallion but rather a "traditionalist" and permits them to become more acquainted with him She is a good example who talks unreservedly and comes clean She speaks to a " glad old ancestor " for Kambili as she \'Speak[s] to her Spirits]\'.

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Nsukka – where the cycle is broken Nsukka is connected with the purple hibiscus , the image of new development and flexibility. End of book: Kambili comes back to Nsukka to visit the new family in Ifeoma\'s level and chuckles uproariously in transit back : "In light of the fact that Nsukka could free something somewhere inside your gut that would ascend to your throat and turn out as a flexibility tune. As giggling." 299

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Nsukka – how do Kambili & Jaja change while here? At Nsukka Jaja and Kambili are enabled to end their hush and grasp rebellion Jaja trusts in Aunty Ifeoma about finger Jaja\'s " shoulders appeared to be more extensive " inside a week (p. 154) It permits them to recover their Igbo roots (learn Igbo conventions, know Papa Nnukwu)

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Message 4: Breaking Silence with Defiance "Rebellion resembles pot – it is not an awful thing when it is utilized right" Ifeoma tells Jaja, p.14. [Defiance = refusal to obey authority] Jaja\'s open resistance of Papa on Palm Sunday is the defining moment of the novel (He declines to take communion and says Father Benedict makes him feel sick) Kambili figures out how to oppose Papa after Nsukka (Portrait of Papa Nnukwu) Mama\'s disobedience is more stealthy. She harms his tea.

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Other characters who are disobedient Ade Coker – talks reality. Father Amadi – rejects the unbending Colonial style Catholicism and its realism. He recovers the Igbo dialect and does not pass judgment on non adherents. Close relative Ifeoma is not reluctant to oppose college powers . She likewise challenges Eugene and demands an Igbo entombment for Papa Nnukwu.

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Message 5: The dangers of resistance The passing of Nwankiti Ogechi Nwankiti Ogechi is a genius vote based system lobbyist who kicked the bucket a saint in the endeavor to convey more noteworthy flexibility to Nigeria He is conceivably in view of dissident Ken Saro-Wiwa In the family setting, Jaja is his identical , as he gives up himself. Enormous Oga\'s administration murder Nwankiti Ogechi by shooting him and pouring corrosive on him. This parallels Eugene\'s discipline of pouring high temp water on K and J\'s feet – a painstakingly ascertained type of cold-bloodedness. Not simply feeling.

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Risks of Defiance 2 DANGER. Vote based coalition come to caution Papa to be cautious: " Don\'t go to open spots. Keep in mind the bomb impact in the airplane terminal… Lock your entryways." p 201 FURTHER OPPRESSION – After govt meddles and confining flexibilities of Uni staff. Ifeoma is rebellious & understudies serenade and sing "Sole executive must go" ��  college is shut down p. 228 INTIMIDATION : An exceptional security unit swings up to "pursuit" Ifeoma\'s home – to unnerve her p231

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However, the novel demonstrates to us that disobedience to mistreatment is vital Mama\'s activities appear to be defended subsequent to persevering years of manhandle Jaja\'s activity of tolerating discipline for murder of Papa shows

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