When we took our mock test i chose to respond to this. But i noticed three peel's in, i was only writing about Olanna and Kainene's parents... when really the focus of the contrast in Mama and Ugwu's mom is so major since they're both village women but also Aunty Ifeka whom greatly influences Olanna. She presents the different perspectives through each characters and parents have a big role in their children.though minor characters she still manages to make them personally important to the main characters when it comes to the war and how they react to it.
The connection among each of the parents could be that their children all leave to prove themselves as independent, just as Biafra longs to establish itself as an autonomous republic.
The conflicts that the characters experience with their parents portray the conflict between Biafra and Nigeria.
Through Mama’s rejection of Olanna, Adichie illustrates Nigeria’s rejection of Biafras succession. Mama is outraged by Odenigbo and Olanna’s relationship and accuses her of being a “witch” the first time she meets her. This displays the outrage Nigeria conveyed by beginning a war with Biafra. Mama’s rejection of Olanna when they first meet portrays Nigeria’s outrage towards the idea of the Biafran succession.
Here's an important distinction for everyone: SECESSION is the act of separating from a nation and becoming independent while SUCCESSION is the act or process of following in order (like succeed).
In Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie unveils Olanna's parents as a symbol for the insensible, power-hungry Nigerian government. Early on in the novel, Olanna mentions she "wanted to ask why they were all strangers who shared the same last name." Olanna's inability to relate with her parents mirrors the incongruity between the two-hundred and fifty diverse ethnic groups residing in Nigeria. The apprehensive relations between her family are heightened whenever they are forced to live together, especially since they cannot stand one another. This depicts the uncomfortable situation in Nigeria during the 1960's, and how the civilians' differences were bound to cause tension between them. Adichie emphasizes the difficulties that come with the forcible amalgamation of distinct ethnic groups, leading up to the eventual secession of Biafra.
Yes! This is what C-Rod and I have been encouraging you to do, Rachel. You've taken the effect durtjer, addressing the historical context and Adichie's underlying message. Well done! Three pages worth of these and you'll do very well! :o)
Sorry about that!
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