Purple hibiscus

Papa takes his family home, and the next day is the Palm Sunday on which the novel begins, when Jaja stands up to Papa. Chukwuka Achike, nicknamed "Jaja" by his family, is an intelligent young man about two years his sister's senior. Through this time, his personality has hardened but not been broken.

During the course of the novel, Beatrice suffers two miscarriages after severe beatings from Eugene. Themes[ edit ] Post-colonial Africa: Kambili falls more deeply in love with Father Amadi, who seems attracted to her.

Purple Hibiscus

The police arrive and Jaja takes responsibility for the crime. A key period is the time Kambili and her brother spend at the house of her father's sister, Ifeoma, and her three children.

Kambili's father rejects her Grandfather because of his animist beliefs. The next morning the family discover that Papa-Nnukwu has died in his sleep.

Aunty Ifeoma is Eugene's only sibling, a tall, striking, intelligent woman who works as a lecturer at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. 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.

Her children—Amaka, Obiora, and Chima—are precocious and outspoken. Kambili then explains the events leading up to this scene. Kambili knows that they were, though—every time she heard Papa beating up Mama in their room, Mama would come downstairs and meticulously polish the figurines afterwards.

He beats Kambili severely, and she wakes up in the hospital. He wears glasses, and is very good at math. He loves her, yet he dare not start a relationship with her because of his profession. The novel begins on Palm Sunday.

Ultimately, however, Beatrice cannot cope with Eugene's behaviour and poisons him. Father Amadi is a young priest in the circle of Aunty Ifeoma and her family.

There are references to nature throughout the book. Her son, Jaja, takes the blame for the crime and she continues to deteriorate mentally after this point.

Ifeoma calls to say that she has been fired and is moving to America. 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.

Everything Kambili and Mama do is done in silence and fear, trying to keep the peace. Eugene Achike is Kambili's father, whom she calls "Papa". Ifeoma convinces Papa to let Jaja and Kambili visit her in Nsukka. Retrieved September 16, Sisi brings in the new batch of cashew juice which Papa will sell from his factories and they each try it.

Sisi brings in the new batch of cashew juice which Papa will sell from his factories and they each try it. 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.

Jaja and Kambili return to Nsukka. The breaking of the figurines, then, represents the beginning of the end of this violence.

He speaks out commonly against the current Nigerian government. Mama tells Papa to drink his tea and Jaja to help her clean up. In this nurturing environment, both Kambili and Jaja become more open and more able to voice their own opinions. Father Amadi is a young priest in the circle of Aunty Ifeoma and her family.

Again a call back to colonial times, the theme of religion is present in the interactions between characters. He becomes socially and spiritually attached with some of the boys that he taught football. The university closes after a student riot.

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