Dr. Ratna Rao

Assistant Professor

Calorx Teachers’ University, Ahmedabad




Colours are the source of joy and brings a wide array of emotions, memories and feelings. Colours are dominantly used in literature since time immemorial to show varied moods, settings and at times help in characterization. The colours have different meanings according to the context, region and culture. Poets and novelists have used colours in a denotative way to give depth to their writings.


Key words: colours, literature, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, colour symbolism, Half of a yellow sun, Purple hibiscus, Nigerian Culture.


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Use of Colours and the novels of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie