Themes in Purple Hibiscus. Main Themes / Issues . From oppression to freedom Growing up/Search for Identity The Post-colonial legacy Domestic Violence and its effects Religion Also: disintegration, language, silence. Today’s music: Fela Kuti. Born in Nigeria 1938
Also: disintegration, language, silence.
Oppression in national context:
Nigeria is oppressed by a military dictator Big Oga. Human rights abuses: e.g.
Papa oppresses Mama, Jaja and Kambili by imposing his will in every aspect of their lives, e.g.
HOW DOES SHE HELP TO ‘FREE’ KAMBILI AND JAJA FROM THEIR FATHER’S OPPRESSION?
“Defiance is like marijuana – it is not a bad thing when it is used right” Ifeoma tells Jaja, p.14.
[Defiance = refusal to obey authority]