Through the presentation of Baby, Adichie conveys the effect of war on society.
Through the characterization of Baby, Adichie conveys the impact war has on the innocence of children. After becoming very close to the dog in the neighborhood, Baby finds out that “[someone] ate Bingo” when she makes this discovery she is devastated. This illustrates her innocence because she does not understand that the citizens need to eat what they can, even if it is a dog with “sores on its head,” to survive. This also portrays the destruction of her innocence because Bingo, which she loves dearly, is taken and used for food. Through events that occur around Baby, Adichie portrays how children are forced to grow up during war time.
I agree but i think Baby signified to the book a constant... though she grew up and eventually understands--her innocence remains, though naive she's hopeful. The characters around her worried about her being marked by the war, she was their own piece of life before the war. strengthening why they laughed when she wanted to eat a lizard lol
Interestingly, you both bring up valid points.
Remember, what counts is how well you support your analyses, relating them, of course, to the historical context of the novel.
In Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie presents Baby as a symbol for the Biafran civilians in Nigerian-Biafran War. Just as Olanna's decision to keep baby "became final," the Biafran government's resolve to secede from Nigeria solidified. This is further portrayed when Olanna decides she will "formally adopt" Baby, since she is biologically Amala's. While the civilians are formally Nigerians, the Biafran government "adopt[ed]" them, converting the Igbos into a part of the new republic. Adichie uses Baby as an embodiment of the Biafran people, emphasizing how they are not united through blood or political ideologies, but through something greater: the hopes for a better future.
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