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Style analysis in Purple Hibiscus

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Style analysis in Purple Hibiscus
Purpose of Style Analysis
The purpose of the style analysis of Purple Hibiscus is to observe the different rhetorical devices Adichie uses to create the tone of book and help the reader understand the book.
"I knew Papa would come in to say good night,to kiss my forehead.I knew he would be wearing his wine-red pajamas that lent a slightly shimmer to his eyes.I knew Jaja would not have enough time to slip the painting back in the bag,and that Papa would take one to look at it and his eyes would narrow,his cheeks would bulge out like unripe udala fruit,his mouth would spurt Igbo words"(209). Adichie uses foreshadowing to show what would happen prior to it happening.
Flashback
"I committed a sin against my own body once,he said. And the good father,the one I lived with while I went to St.Gregory's came in and saw me. He asked me to boil water for tea.He poured the water in a bowl and soaked my hands in it"(196). Adichie uses the quote to show Papa reminiscing about him being in the same predicament as Kambili which was sin and Adichie also uses flashback to help the audience relate to Kambili and her dad committing sin if the audience did so.
Hyperbole
"The skin of my feet will be bloated tomorrow,I said"(195).Adichie uses hyperbole to make the audience relate to the characters by exaggerating certain situations that people might have encountered to help them relate more.
Symbolism
"We replaced the curtains every year,toward the end of harmattan. Kevin brought samples of fabric,for Mama to look at,and she picked some and showed Papa,so he could make the final decision. Papa usually chose her favorite.Dark beige last year.Sand beige the year before"(192). Adichie utilizes symbolism by chosing simple things such as curtains to have a deeper meaning.
Understatement
"I should have made Ade hold that story, Papa was saying. I should have protected him. I should have made him stop that story"(207). Adichie uses understatement to make Papa downplay something serious as not being serious which is Ade Coker.
Dialect
"O zugo. Don't"(207).
Repetition/restatement
"What? What do you want for privacy for?To commit a sin against your own body? Is that what you want to do,masturbate?"(191). Adichie uses repetition to prove a point of how Papa always keeps the keys and the kids do not have privacy.
Simile
"His swaying was like shaking a bottle of Coke that burst into violent foam when you opened it"(210). Adichie uses simile to compare Papa's movements to a coke bottle by showing Papa is about to explode which in this case is by violence.
Imagery
"I lay on the floor,curled tight like the picture of a child in the uterus"(210). Adichie uses imagery to illustrate the position Kambili was in while enduring her beating from Papa.
"He lowered the kettle into the tub,titled it toward my feet"(194). Adichie uses imagery to also illustrate the pain she is about to endure in your mind by using the kettle.
"I did not want to be awake. I did not want to feel the breathing pain at my side. I did not want to feel the heavy hammer knocking in my head"(212). Adichie uses restatement to point out how much pain Kambili is enduring and has endured because of her dad beating her.
Foreshadowing
"O nkem. It's mine,Jaja said. He wrapped the painting around his chest with his arms"(209).
Adichie uses dialect to help the reader understand Igbo while still understanding what she is saying English.
By:Kayla Holsey
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