Purple Hibiscus Kambili

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Purple Hibiscus

In the book, Purple Hibiscus, Kambili changes from a quiet, insecure girl with no emotions, to a talkative, confident girl that is able to feel and show many emotions. Kambili was raised in a house where the dad was very strict and Kambili was only allowed to talk when he wanted her to. Her father never showed her any praise unless she did exactly what he says to do. If Kambili did not follow orders, she would be beaten by her papa. During the book, Kambili's spends time with her Aunty Ifeoma, her cousin Amaka and a priest named Father Amadi. These three people help Kambili to transform into a talkative, confident girl who learns how to express her inner feelings. Aunty Ifeoma is a good role model for Kambili because she shows Kambili how to be outgoing, to laugh and to say what is on her mind without being afraid of being beaten up for it. Kambili was used to living in a house where there was no laughing or talking at the dinner table. When she went to stay with Aunty Ifeoma, Kambili couldn't believe what happened at the dinner table. "Laughter floated over my head. Words spurted from everyone, often not seeking and not getting any response. We always spoke with a purpose back home, especially at the table, buy my cousins seemed to simply speak and speak and speak." (p.120) Kambili felt that there was freedom in the house and that she would not get into trouble for speaking or laughing. Aunty Ifeoma taught Kambili how to say what was on her mind without being afraid of someone being mad at her. When Amaka said something mean to Kambili about being a rich kid and not knowing how to cook dinner; Aunty Ifeoma said, "Kambili, have you no mouth? Talk back to her!?"(p.170) For the first time, Kambili spoke up for herself and told Amaka to stop yelling at her and teach her how to make the dinner. Kambili thought that this was going to cause trouble for her, but instead, Amaka laughed and said she was happy that Kambili had a voice.

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