Jaja is struck by the appearance of the flower, and through them he discovers his love of gardening, which becomes a crucial part of his experience of opening up and finding his independence in Nsukka. He then takes some stalks of purple hibiscus back to Enugu and plants them there. At the end of the novel, Kambili hopes that Jaja will plant purple hibiscus when he gets out of prison, showing her hope that freedom will blossom anew even after so much tragedy. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Synopsis[ edit ] Purple Hibiscus is set in postcolonial Nigeria, a country beset by political instability and economic difficulties. The central character is Kambili Achike, aged fifteen for much of the period covered by the book, a member of a wealthy family dominated by her devoutly Catholic father, Eugene.
Eugene is both a religious zealot and a violent figure in the Achike household, subjecting his wife Beatrice, Kambili herself, and her brother Jaja to beatings and psychological cruelty. This household offers a marked contrast to what Kambili and Jaja are used to.
It practices a completely different form of Catholicism, making for a happy, liberal place that encourages its members to speak their minds. In this nurturing environment, both Kambili and Jaja become more open and more able to voice their own opinions.
Ultimately, a critical mass is reached in terms of the lives of Kambili, Jaja and the existence of their family as it once was. Jaja takes the blame for the crime and ends up in prison.
In the meantime, Aunty Ifeoma and her family move to America after she is unfairly dismissed from her job as lecturer at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
The novel ends almost three years after these events, on a cautiously optimistic note. Kambili has become a young woman of eighteen, more confident than before, while her brother Jaja is about to be released from prison, hardened but not broken by his experience there.
Their mother, Beatrice has deteriorated psychologically to a great degree. Characters[ edit ] Kambili Achike is the central character in Purple Hibiscus and also the narrator of the story. Kambili is shy and inhibited until she spends an extended amount of time away from her family home at the house of Aunty Ifeoma and her family.
She does not like the living environment under her father after she gets used to the freedom of Nsukka. She is a very quiet girl at the beginning of the novel, but after staying with her Aunty Ifeoma, she builds up her courage and opens up towards other people.
For most of the novel, in the same way as the rest of his family, he is dominated by his father, although ultimately he displays more overt defiance than them, especially by not going to communion on Palm Sunday and causing a massive family scene as a consequence. Through this time, his personality has hardened but not been broken.
He is a wealthy and ostentatious businessman who is also a very strict Catholic who dominates his family for much of the novel by imposing a harsh religious regime in the family home.
While on the one hand Eugene is an important man in his society and donates considerable amounts of money to needy individuals and worthy causes, he is prone to outbreaks of violence within the family house, subjecting his wife Beatrice and the two children to severe physical punishment.
Beatrice Achike, mother and wife in the Achike family, often called "Mama", is a quiet, maternal figure for much of the novel, presenting a softer, more passive presence in the home in contrast to the often tyrannical presence of Eugene.
During the course of the novel, Beatrice suffers two miscarriages after severe beatings from Eugene. It is insinuated that she stays with Eugene partially out of gratitude for his unwillingness to marry another woman after she could only have two children.
Her son, Jaja, takes the blame for the crime and she continues to deteriorate mentally after this point. She is highly capable in many aspects of her life, displaying determination and resourcefulness in bringing up her children without a husband.
Though financially struggling, she creates a much happier environment for her children than does her brother Eugene for his family. She was married to another professor, Ifediora, until his unfortunate death.
She also is a proud supporter of the Nigerian Pro-Democracy movement, which gets her into trouble at her job. Obiora is the second child and the oldest son of Ifeoma and Ifediora, at around age fourteen.
He wears glasses, and is very good at math. He is reserved, yet often speaks up when he feels someone is wrong, as is seen when he contradicts Chiaku. Not much is known about this character, apart from the fact that he looks up to Obiora. Father Amadi is a young priest in the circle of Aunty Ifeoma and her family.
When Kambili falls in love with Father Amadi, he shows considerable thoughtfulness and honor in the sensitive way he makes it clear to her that, because he is devoted to the church, he will never be able to become her partner.
He loves her, yet he dare not start a relationship with her because of his profession. He becomes socially and spiritually attached with some of the boys that he taught football. He is shown to be a little playful as he challenged Kambili to a sprint, which leads to his telling her that she had good legs for running.
He also takes her to plait her hair, leading the hair dresser to tell Kambili that no man takes a young lady to plait her hair unless he likes her.
He is also the author of rebellious works, which ultimately leads to his death. He speaks out commonly against the current Nigerian government.
He is killed by a package bomb in his house. He was once a part of the military. Other minor characters in the book include Aunty Chioma, Celestine, and Chidifu.
Themes[ edit ] Post-colonial Africa: Again a call back to colonial times, the theme of religion is present in the interactions between characters.Purple Hibiscus is a novel written by the Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
It was first published by Algonquin Books in Synopsis. Purple Hibiscus is set in postcolonial Nigeria, a country Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (17 April ). Purple Hibiscus: A Novel. Algonquin Books. Clarke's Bookshop (established in ) is situated in Cape Town, South Africa and carries both new and second hand books on Southern Africa.
Symbolism in Purple Hibiscus The novel Purple Hibiscus, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, is a story of a young girl, who tries to find her own voice and speak out against her violent oppressive father. The novel is set in post-post-colonial Nigeria, in a time in which the government was run by a military dictatorship.
“Breathtaking Adichie is very much the twenty-first-century daughter of that other great Igbo novelist, Chinua Achebe.” —The Washington Post Book World “The author's straightforward prose captures the tragic riddle of a man who has made an unquestionably positive contribution to the lives of strangers while abandoning the needs of those who .
The purple hibiscus, the symbol that gives the novel its title, is a flower growing in Aunty Ifeoma ’s garden. It was created by her botanist friend, as hibiscuses aren’t usually purple. It was created by her botanist friend, as hibiscuses aren’t usually purple. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has become one of my favorite authors and this is my favorite book she has written. It is so very deeply felt as one reads it. The story and characters settle around the reader, immersing one into the mind of tranceformingnlp.coms: The Purple Hibiscus study guide contains a biography of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. Study Guides Q & A.
Rationale. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote the novel Purple Hibiscus in It was published in the United States and Canada in the same year.
Adichie provides symbolism with the very title of this novel. The purple flowering hibiscus symbolizes the theme of hope and change throughout the novel.
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. Purple. The name Nigeria was suggested by British journalist Flora Shaw in the s. She referred to the area as Nigeria, after the Niger River, which dominates much of the country's landscape.