Representation of violence on women in Chimamanda ngozi adichie’s purple hibiscus

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University of Dar es Salaam
This study examines how Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus interrogates the problem of violence on women. The study shows how violence is represented through characters who due to violence condoned by male characters they are affected. It establishes how the novel portrays religion and patriarchy as two ideologies that men exploit to enforce violence on women and subject them to submission. In the portrait, family is represented as the focal point where violence is nurtured before it largely extends to a wider society. Generally, violence on female characters is manifested in men’s viciousness which in turn causes much suffering whose domino effects have far-reaching implications for both individual characters and the society as a whole. Male characters perpetuating violence on female characters find themselves trapped in the process while the wrath of female characters, triggered by silence, ultimately threatens to destabilize the society. This study thus demonstrates violence on women a serious problem that affect the entire society.
Available in print form, East Africana Collection, Dr. Wilbert Chagula Library, Class mark (THS EAF PR9387.9.A34354N93)
Short stories, Nigerian ( English ), Nigeria, Fiction, Women - Violence Against
Nzegenuka, R. N (2014) Representation of violence on women in Chimamanda ngozi adichie’s purple hibiscus, Master dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam. Dar es Salaam.