In chapter’s 28-29, Adichie incorporates irony to highlight the gravity this was has brought. A soldier mumbles “Mother of god pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death” because there is real fear running through his body at the very thought of actually dying because of this war. It is so ironic the way humans often forget to pray and be thankful during the times of jubilance, yet are quick to pray to the Gods above when death comes knocking on one’s door. “The bar girl greeted them and said there was no beer” furthermore heightens the deprivation this war has caused. A bar with no beer is as futile as the Republic of Biafra with no weapons – devastating and well on the road to loss, as later confirmed. Overall, the the use of irony emphasizes just how much this war has drained its citizens, both mentally and physically.
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