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Mimicry and Ambivalence: The Effects of Colonisation in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Purple Hibiscus
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of language studies.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In her novel Purple Hibiscus Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie describes a society marked by its colonial past. With a focus on the character Eugene Achike and by the use of the postcolonial concepts of mimicry and ambivalence, this essay aims at analysing how the two concepts are salient traits in the character and to describe what the novel communicates regarding how colonialism affects people. As the result show, Eugene uses mimicry in several different ways, trying to live up to an ideal that was instilled in him as a child. His inability to achieve this is a cause for ambivalence. This becomes visible through the violence he subjects his family to which in its turn causes sadness and regret in him. His mimicry and values are reproduced in his children and he thereby functions as a colonising force within his family. 

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2014. , 22 p.
Keyword [en]
postcolonialism; “colonised subject”; “Nigerian novel”; violence;
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General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-89834OAI: diva2:724475
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Engelska, examensarbete för kandidatexamen
Available from: 2014-06-17 Created: 2014-06-12 Last updated: 2014-06-17Bibliographically approved

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