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The Purple Hibiscus
Transcript of The Purple Hibiscus
pages 52-72 Page 52...
The purple hibiscus "I remained a backyard snob to most of my class girls untill the end of term. But I did not worry too much about that because I carried a bigger load- the worry of making sure I came first this term."
This shows that kambili wants to really impress her father what ever the cost may be. kambili baisically wants to be approved by her father even if it means being a 'backyard snob'. kambili has started to lose state of innocence within herself. Page 53...
the purple hibiscus "Papa stood by the hibiscuses, giving directions, one hand sunk in the pocket of his white tunic while the other pointed from item to car."
Jaja and Kambili are on there way to their aunts house and father is making all the decisions. this shows that the oldest male has the upper hand and makes all the decisions through their upbringging and kambili has to listen. Page 59...
The purple hibiscus "In Abba, Jaja and i had no scheadules. we talked more and sat alone in our rooms less, because papa was too busy entertaining the endless stream of visitors and attending church council meetings until midnight."
This shows that kambili and her family always follow the patriarchy system that they follow the oldest male in this case the father's rules. Kambili feels a bit more relaxed and has started to lose her innocence. "Do you like coming to the village?" Ade Coker asked us. We looked at papa at the same time time; he was on the sofa, reading christmas cards and smiling."
shows a sence of innocence as kambili depends on papa at everything. kambili is in a state of confusion. as in this happy occassion kambili might be worried that she might say the wrong answeer and papa will be angry. so in a way she also wants to impress papa with a correct answer. The purple hibiscus... Page 57... Page 65... The purple hibiscus "We did not know aunty ifeoma or her children very well because she and papa had quarreled about papa-Nnukwu. Mama had told us." page 65
This shows innocence in kambili. this is because she has never seen or experianced atime with other family and what makes it even more inocent is that there is a family quarrel about their grandfather ad so kambili is also just on the edge of losing her innocence experiancing all of this going on around her. "Papa walked towards jaja. he spoke entireely igbo now. i thought he would pull at jaja's ears, that he would tug and yank at the same pace as he spoke, that he would slap jaja's face and his palm would make a sound, like a heavy book alling from a library shelf in school."
Kambili is losing her innocence and experiancing new things along the way. This shows that she thinks of her father as a big bully or a monster and believes that he will sseriously injure kambili's brother, Jaja. She compares it as something else not so quite serious. Page 69... The purple hibiscus "Welcome, aunty, nno, i said rising to hug her. She did not give me the usual brief side hug. She clasped me in her arms and held me tightly against the softness of her body. The wide lapels of her blue, A line dress smelled of lavender."
Kambili has lost some of her innocence and has experianced new things, over here she assumed that everything will happen like it always does so in this case she assumes she will get the usual hug but she hets a totally differant surprise. The purple hibiscus Page 71...