Violence and Silence in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Purple Hibiscus


  • R. Shobia Research Scholar (Part Time Category-B) Bharathiar University, Coimbatore. India
  • Dr. Marie Josephine Aruna Assistance Professor of English Kanchi Mamunivar Centre for Post Graduate studies (Autonomous) Puducherry. Research Supervisor. Bharathiar University, Coimbatore. India


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer born to Igbo parents. Purple Hibiscus (2003) is the first novel by the Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Adichie uses her own childhood experiences to inform the lives of her characters. Purple Hibiscus is a coming of age story for the central character Kambili. The novel is narrated by Kambili about her struggle to attain freedom. The Purple Hibiscus novel takes place in Enugu, a city in post-colonial Nigeria. The novel focuses on the violence and silence in it. Eugene acts as an authoritative person to his family members – his wife, daughter Kambili and his son Jaja. He tortures and punishes everyone in his family. Eugene violence against his family members makes them silent. Finally they are relieved from the tortures of Eugene. They hope for the better future after his death. Kambili and Jaja come out of her father‟s restriction and start to enjoy their own identity with full freedom. Adichie projects the concept of Violence and Silence in Purple Hibiscus.Parents seem to be the role model for their children, if it is not good, their children will be affected. Obviously their children will become the victim in the society. Happy familial relationship will lead to a successful family. Key Words:Violence, silence, torture, culture, tradition, family, freedom etc.


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Shobia, R., & Aruna, D. M. J. (2018). Violence and Silence in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH , 6(7), 7. Retrieved from