Gender in Purple Hibiscus

Gender in the book

1.What does Papa Nnukwu say about the difference between the female mmuo and the male?

2.What does Papa Nnukwu promise Ifeoma his spirit will ask for her and what is her response?

3.Why does Beatrice say Eugene’s Umunna suggested he should get himself a second wife?

4.What reasons does Beatrice give to Ifeoma for why she cannot leave Eugene despite his abuse?

5.What phrase does Beatrice use to dismiss Ifeoma’s advice about  leaving Eugene?

 

Discussion Questions

1.What problematic gender roles and expectations does Adichie highlight in the Catholic church, in Papa Nnukwu’s traditional beliefs and in Nigerian culture? How does she challenge these?

2.What does Jaja view as idealized Nigerian masculinity and who does he feel embodies it? As readers, do we agree? What different versions of masculinity does Adichie portray and who embodies each of these versions? Which does she present as the most positive version of masculinity? Is there one that is perfect?

3.What different versions of femininity does Adichie portray and who embodies each of these versions? Whose version of femininity does Kambili follow at the start of the novel? What about at the end? Is Beatrice the anti-feminist character and Ifeoma the feminist ideal or is it more complex than that?

4.Many of the men die in the novel, leaving the women in the more powerful positions at the end of the novel – how is this an empowering image? How might it seem disempowering or misandrous?  What about Kambili’s vision of the Virgin Mary at Aoekpe? How could this be seen as a symbol of female empowerment?

Nigeria

Nigeria Ethnic Groups

 

 

For each of the following headings, anchor, quote, and cite two quotations

(from this section of the reading) that best reveal aspects of the daily life of the Achike family 

  1. Mama’s role in the house
  2. The relationship between Jaja and Kambili
  3. Jaja and Kambili’s education
  4. Papa’s control of the family

Introduction to Purple Hibiscus

https://prezi.com/rhtkuzpsrsci/purple-hibiscus/

 

  • What does Adichie mean when she says that having a single story is “dangerous”?
  • What single story do you think many people have about the continent of Africa? Why? What makes this “dangerous”?
  • How did the author convey her idea? Which technique did you find most effective or compelling? Why?
  • What is the message of Kipling’s poem? How do you know? How would Adichie react to this poem? How do you know?

Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense

Teacher, teacher-o na the lecturer be your nameTeacher, teacher-o na the lecture be the sameMake-ee no teach-ee me again ohAs soon teaching finish yes, da thing-ee it gon die it dey-oAs soon teaching finish yes, da thing-ee it gon die it dey-oAs soon teaching finish yes, da thing-ee it gon die it
Me and you no dey for the same-u categoryMe and you no dey for the same-u categoryMe and you no dey for the same-u categoryMe and you no dey for the same-u category
Na the same category-oNa the same category-oNa the same category-o
Teacher, teacher-o na the lecturer be your nameTeacher, teacher-o na the lecture be the sameMake-ee no teach-ee me again ohAs soon teaching finish yes, da thing-ee it gon die it dey-oAs soon teaching finish yes, da thing-ee it gon die it dey-oAs soon teaching finish yes, da thing-ee it gon die it
Me and you no dey for the same-u categoryMe and you no dey for the same-u categoryMe and you no dey for the same-u categoryMe and you no dey for the same-u category
Na the same category-oNa the same category-oNa the same category-o
Let’s get down, to the underground spiritual gameWe all sing together, play music together in happinessAll you have to do is sing what I play on my hornNow let’s go down
La la la la la laLa la la la la la la laLa la la la la la la laLa la la la la la laLa la la la la la la laLa la la la la la laLa la la la la laLa la la la la la la laLa la la la la laLa la la la la la la laLa la la la la la la laLa la la la la la la
A kujuba, a kujuba (Ye-ehhh)A kujuba, a kujuba (Ye-ehhh)A kujuba, a kujuba (Ye-ehhh)A kujuba, a kujuba (Ye-ehhh)A kujuba, a kujuba (Ye-ehhh)A kujuba, a kujuba (Ye-ehhh)A kujuba, a kujuba (Ye-ehhh)Yehhhhhh-Ey!
Ke-re-Ke, Ke-re-Ke, Ke-re-Ke, Ke-re-Ke, Ke-re-ke, Ke-re-Ji-Ke-Ke (Yaa!)Ke-re-ke Ji Ke-ke (Yaa!)Ke Ji Ke-ke (Yaa!)Ke-re-ke-Ke Ji Ke-ke (Yaa!)Ke-re-ke Ji Ke-ke (Yaa!)Ke Ji Ke-ke (Yaa!)Ke-re-ke-Ke Ji Ke-ke (Yaa!)Ke-re-ke Ji Ke-ke (Yaa!)Ke Ji Ke-ke (Yaa!)Ke-re-ke-Ke Ji Ke-ke (Yaa!)Ke-re-ke Ji Ke-ke (Yaa!)Ke Ji Ke-ke (Yaa!)Ke-re-ke-Ke Ji Ke-ke (Yaa!)Ke-re-ke
All the wahala, all the problemsAll the things, all the things they go doFor this world go startWhen the teacher, schoolboy and schoolgirl jam togetherWho be teacher?I go let you knowWho be teacher?I go let you knowWho be teacher?I go let you know
When we be pikin(FATHA MAMA BE TEACHER)When we dey for school(TEACHER BE TEACHER)Now dey University(LECTURER BE TEACHER)When we start to work(GOVERNMENT BE TEACHER)Who be government teacher?(CU-ULTURE AND TRADITION)Who be government teacher?(CU-ULTURE AND TRADITION)Cu-ulture and tradition(CU-ULTURE AND TRADITION)Cu-ulture and tradition(CU-ULTURE AND TRADITION)
Now the problem side, of a teaching student-eeI go sing aboutI don pass pikin, I don pass school, university, se-fa passAs I don start to work, na government I must se-fa passDa go for France (Yes sir)Engi-land (Yes ma’am)Italy (Yes sir)Germany (Yes ma’am)Na dem culture (Yes sir)For der (Yes ma’am) be teacher (Yes sir)For dem (Yes ma’am) to go China (Yes sir)Russia (Yes ma’am)Korea (Yes sir)Viet Nam (Yes ma’am)Na dem culture (Yes sir)For der (Yes ma’am) be teacher (Yes sir)For dem (Yes ma’am) to go Syria (Yes sir)Jordan (Yes ma’am)Iran (Yes sir)Iraq (Yes ma’am)Na dem culture (Yes sir)For der (Yes ma’am) be teacher (Yes sir)For dem (Yes ma’am)
Let us face ourselves for AfrikaNa de matter of AfrikaThis part-ee of my songNa all the problems of this worldIn we dey carry, for Afrika
Wey no go ask-ee me (Which one?)Wey no go ask-ee me (Which one?)Wey no go ask-ee me (Which one?)Wey no go ask-ee me (Which one?)Problems of inflation (Which one?)Problems of corruption (Which one?)Of mismanagement (Which one?)Stealing by government (Which one?)Nothing we dey carry (Which one?)All over Afrika (Which one?)Na de latest one (Which one?)Na him dey make me laugh (Which one?)
Austeri (Austerity)Austeri (Austerity)Na him dey latest one (Austerity)Na him dey make me laugh (Austerity)Why I dey laugh? (Austerity)Man no fit cry? (Austerity)
Who be our teacher na Oyinbo?Who be our teacher na Oyinbo?A na false, the first electionAnd the second election held in NigeriaNa the second election na it was pass
Boba la nonsense (Boba la nonsense)Boba la nonsense (Boba la nonsense)He pass redeem (Boba la nonsense)He pass corruption (Boba la nonsense)Which kind election be dis? (Boba la nonsense)People na go vote (Boba la nonsense)Dem come get big big numbers (Boba la nonsense)Thousands to thousands (Boba la nonsense)Millions to billions (Boba la nonsense)Which kind election be dis? (Boba la nonsense)Boba la nonsense (Boba la nonsense)
Na dem-o-cr-azy be the dealNa dem-o-cr-azy be the dealWho don teach us ee dem-o-cr-azy?Bo-ptch! Oyinbo teach-ee usYuh-ngh! Oyinbo for Europe-ohOyinbo teach us many many things-eeMany of dem things I don sing about-eeMe I no gin copy Oyinbo styleLet us think say, Oyinbo no pass meWhen Shagari finish him electionsWey dem no tell am, say him make mistake-eeSay this yo, no be democracyOyinbo dem no tell army selfNa for England-ee, I me no fit take overI come think about this demo-crazy
Demo-crazy (Demo-crazy)Crazy demo (Demo-crazy)Demonstration of craze (Demo-crazy)Crazy demonstration (Demo-crazy)If it no be craze (Demo-crazy)Why for Afrika? (Demo-crazy)As time dey go (Demo-crazy)Things just dey bad (Demo-crazy)They bad more and more (Demo-crazy)Poor man dey cry (Demo-crazy)Rich man dey mess (Demo-crazy)Demo-crazy (Demo-crazy)Crazy demo (Demo-crazy)Demonstration of craze (Demo-crazy)Crazy demonstration (Demo-crazy)
If good-u teacher teach-ee somethingAnd student make mistakeTeacher must talk-ee soBut Oyinbo no talk-ee soI suffer dem, Dey suffer demDem dey say da teaching get meaningDifferent different meaningDifferent different kinds of meaningThat is why I sayThat is the reason of my songThat is the concludeThe conclud-ee of my songI say, I sing, I beg everyone to join my songI say, I sing, I beg everyone to join my songI say, I sing, I beg everyone to join my song
Teacher, teacher-o na the lecturer be your nameTeacher, teacher-o na the lecture be the sameMake-ee no teach-ee me again ohAs soon teaching finish yes, da thing-ee it gon die it dey-oAs soon teaching finish yes, da thing-ee it gon die it dey-oAs soon teaching finish yes, da thing-ee it gon die
Me and you no dey for the same-u categoryMe and you no dey for the same-u categoryMe and you no dey for the same-u categoryMe and you no dey for the same-u categoryNa the same category-o (Category)Na the same category-o (Category)Na the same category-o (Category)Na the same category-o (Category)Na the same category-o (Category)Na the same category-o (Not the same category)Na the same category-o (Not the same category)Na the same category-o (Not the same category)Na the same category-o (Not the same category)Na the same category-o (Not the same category)Na the same category-o (Not the same category)Na the same category-o (Not the same category)Na the same category-o (Not the same category)Na the same category-o (Not the same category)Na the same category-oNa the same category-oNa the same category-oNa the same category-ooo
Ke-re-Ke, Ke-re-Ke, Ke-re-Ke, Ke-re-Ke, Ke-re-ke, Ke-re-Ji-Ke-Ke (Yaa!)Ke-re-ke Ji Ke-ke (Yaa!)Ke Ji Ke-ke (Yaa!)Ke-re-ke-Ke Ji Ke-ke (Yaa!)Ke-re-ke Ji Ke-ke (Yaa!)Ke Ji Ke-ke (Yaa!)Ke-re-ke-Ke Ji Ke-ke (Yaa!)Ke-re-ke Ji Ke-ke (Yaa!)Ke Ji Ke-ke (Yaa!)Ke-re-ke-Ke Ji Ke-ke (Yaa!)Ke-re-ke Ji Ke-ke (Yaa!)Ke Ji Ke-ke (Yaa!)Ke-re-ke-Ke Ji Ke-ke (Yaaaa!)
Teacher, teacher-o na the lecturer be your nameTeacher, teacher-o na the lecture be the sameMake-ee no teach-ee me again ohAs soon teaching finish yes, da thing-ee it gon die it dey-oAs soon teaching finish yes, da thing-ee it gon die it dey-oAs soon teaching finish yes, da thing-ee it gon die it
Me and you no dey for the same-u categoryMe and you no dey for the same-u categoryMe and you no dey for the same-u categoryMe and you no dey for the same-u category
Na the same category-oNa the same category-oNa the same category-oNa the same category-ooo