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Gender in Half of a Yellow Sun
Transcript of Gender in Half of a Yellow Sun
Half of a Yellow Sun
Throughout Adichie's Half of a Yellow Sun, gender is a topic that is brushed upon again and again. In three main questions, she looks at how the Biafran war affected what it meant to be a man or a woman.
Who holds the power?
Men held power for the most part:
Politics (Ojukwu and Gowon)
Marriage (Ozobia and Art)
Power shifts to women
Olanna controls Odenigbo (Ch. 31)
War, rape, violence
"They forced themselves on her. Five of them." (Adichie, 526)
Ugwu doesnt know who to obey (301)
Who carries the weight?
Women still carried a majority of the weight:
Family (food, education)
Women generally carried the weight of life:
Marriage (polygamy, Aunty Ifeka)
Kainene carried extra weight
"Kainene is not just like a son, she is like two," (Adichie, 39)
"He was a short pathway away from home when he saw two soldiers standing next to a van and holding guns. 'You! Stop there!' one of them called." (Adichie, 447)
Who had more influence in Nigeria?
Men still had more influence in Nigeria:
Battle front (conscription)
"Maybe I should join His Excellancy's new S-brigade." (Adichie, 416)
Home front (building bunkers, p.416)
Men had more influence in Nigeria
Politics (Odenigbo's parties)