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New Husband (The arrangers of marriage)
Transcript of New Husband (The arrangers of marriage)
American Name: Dave Point Of View American Name: Agatha Bell Chika Agatha Okafor Character: Chika Agatha Okafor
Ofodile Udenwa Character Analysis Background Info By: Alexandria B.
Nailah P. New Husband (The Arrangers Of Marriage) There was a change in the plot of the story 3rd Person Limited Author: Adiche The selection is about a young Nigerian woman who was sent to America to be married to a Nigerian man who lived in America to become a doctor. Agatha Bell lives with her Aunty Ify and Uncle Ike. She was told that the man she is to marry is an American doctor. She was also told that he is viewed as the perfect husband. His name is Ofodile Udenwa aka Dave. The point of view is from the new wife. She is talks about all that she has to go through and change just to live a comfortable life in America. We know only what she is thinking the whole time.
For example, her language and the way she says certain things.
The clothes she wears
The food she cooks.
Most importantly her name. She had to except the new name that was given to her by her new husband. The story goes on about her new life and everything new about it, but later down the road she learns that her new "perfect" husband was already married and she was upset at the fact that he didn't tell her from the beginning.
Throughout the story he is doing all these things to change her and her Nigerian ways and she is going along with it it. Unaware that the only way he was even able to live in America and become a doctor was because he was previously married and got his green card.
The wife he was already married to already, somehow knew he was getting remarried and she would not divorce him so that he could live his life. Instead she was bribing him with word to run to the police about his illegal "new wife" in America without a green card because she felt used. In all honesty that is the case though. The setting effected the characters Dave and Agatha by taking them all the way to New York and making them feel as though they had to change. Dave -- Became more accustomed to the American ways faster than Agatha, because he lived there before she did. When she finally moves out there with him, he teaches her.
Agatha -- Had to change her name to become more "American" She was basically feeding off of Dave's every move and looking to him for guidance as if he were 100% American. Only because that is the way that he lived his life. Dave -- Became more accustomed to the American ways faster than Agatha, because he lived there before she did. When she finally moves out there with him, he teaches her. Dave also kept many secrets from Agatha. In doing so he kind of messed up his future with her, in the sense that she will never be happy with him. When she finds out about all of the things he is hiding from her she wants to do nothing but leave. It is not in her to seak revenge. One secrete he was hiding from her was that he had before slept with their next door neighbor. Although this act was done before Agatha met Dave, he still felt the need to keep it from her. Agatha -- Had to change her name to become more "American" She was basically feeding off of Dave's every move and looking to him for guidance as if he were 100% American. Only because that is the way that he lived his life. Along the way she befriends this lady who knew her husband before she did. When Agatha finds out about her husband and his sneaky ways she runs next door to this friends house basically for comfort. While at her house she receives information that she was not looking for. She finds out that her new "friend" use to sleep with the guy that is to be her husband. Being the soft spoken woman that she is Agatha is upset by this information but says nothing about it. She just begins to think about all the times that this lady would come to her house half dressed prancing around her husband and how that made her felt. Nigerian- American author
writes about traditional vs. non traditional themes
blends african ideals with American culture