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Half of a Yellow Sun; The Best Analysis Ever
Transcript of Half of a Yellow Sun; The Best Analysis Ever
The novel is located in what today we refer as Nigeria.
The events fluctuate between the lives of 4 main characters.
After the British leave Nigeria, civil war unleashes changing forever our characters lives.
The Igbo tribe create the Republic of Biafra.
Context of the Novel
Eager to Learn
Hypocritical (at times)
Helps Odenigbo around the house.
"We need wood sah" - "so I can arrange your books sah"
Eager to Learn
Always shows resourcefulness and dedication.
-"Did you go to school?" - "Standard 2, sah. But I learn everything very fast." - "Standard 2? How long ago?" - "Many years now, sah. But I learn everything very fast!"
Respects Odenigbo. (Intimidated)
Afraid Odenigbo will get upset with him.
"Yes sah"- "Call me Odenigbo"- "Sah?" - "My name is Odenigbo" - "Yes Sah".
- "He wanted to do more, wanted to give Master every reason to keep him"
- "I can make that, sah." Ugwu said quickly although he had no idea what fried rice was.
Discusses politics and it can be seen that he has a wide intellect.
Treats Ugwu with care.
Calls him by his name.
Offers Ugwu food and education.
- "Ugwu helps me around the house. Very clever boy."
Criticises Great Britain's exploitation and aggression when he has a 13 year old boy as a houseboy.
Seen from the narration of Ugwu.
Big, muscles, etc.
Has his own opinion
Doesnt hesitate and is clear about his ideas.
Example: In the discussions Odenigbo has with his friends, he always speaks his mind.
Prefers to live in an austere style despite her family's wealth.
Sacrificed for love.
"Olanna chose not to fly up to Kano. She liked to sit by the train (...) and watch the thick woods sliding by."
Treats Ugwu with kindness and care.
See's no difference between Ugwu and her. (Respectful)
Also seen as a kind person from Ugwu's perespective.
"Your master has told me how well you take care of him, Ugwu." her Igbo words were softer than her English.
"Richard said little at the parties."
"Hello". Richard (...) was silent for too long.
"He didnt know what to say. He felt as if time was slipping away from him."
"(A) woman referred to him as Susan's pretty boy"
"Because you're handsome." (pg 68)
Seen fromUgwu's perspective snd from her family.
"(...) she should be in a glass case like the one in Master's study, where people could admire her curvy, fleshy body, where she would be preserved untainted".
Olanna's parents used her as a "sex bait".
"The university house (...) was reserved for (...) researchers and artists; it was sparse, (...) Richard (...) felt instantly at home."
"I've always been a loner and I've always wanted to see Africa, so I took leave from my humble newspaper job and a generous loan from my aunt and here I am."
HoaYS's setting fluctuate between different cities in Nigeria as well as jumping between two ambiguously established years/eras; the early 60s and the late 60s.