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I believe the purpose in Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was to unveil mass societal and interpersonal relationship dilemmas. The Author shows the growth and movement in the characters and plot through the sustaining amount of drama, tension, conflict, and other forms of resolution. For Kambili, the novel shows the reader her journey into adulthood and in turn, how she finds herself and her voice. The Author also shows a great deal of oppression, from inside Kambili’s family to in the outside world around them. Through showing the reader the struggles that and her family went through from their father/husband, the Author also shows collisions between cultures: rich to poor, different forms of spirituality and religions, and even education. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, in my opinion, was very successful in making all of this happen and also understood. In the beginning stages of my creative pieces I had struggled with possessing and maintaining a strong and meaningful purpose. In Shattering Temptations, this was more painfully true. However, I was able to fix it after the piece being work shopped in class. In the end though, I was able to find its purpose; to show the struggles that existed inside the mind of someone who was unstable and mentally abusive to themselves to the point of suicide and other physical self-harm. I feel like I showed this in very successful ways.
Adichie has the efficacy to use all of the techniques such as tone, word selection, and sentence structure to establish style and to even make it grow on the readers. For me, the used style was one of the things that impacted me. I am now more aware of those things and actively look for them in my writing. These elements that Adichie uses that also contribute to the used writing style include the rhythm of the language, figures of speech, punctuation, and character development. I usually write to develop my characters with every coming scene while also bringing meaning to the overall events. I try to make the type of language the characters uses, as well as the other aspects of dialog, to coincide with the build/reputation I have already given that character. I usually make my stories and characters reflect off myself; to me, my characters are normal with some sort of dilemma internally which they either do or don’t solve.
The events that included the use of drama, tension, and conflict within the family was the major hook for me. For example, toward the beginning of the novel on page 6, Jaja and his father had a big conflict. I could see that this would continue in the future; it set the tone for the rest of their relationship and also with the rest of the family in relation to...

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