X-RAYING THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN CHIMAMANDA ADICHIE’S HALF OF A YELLOW SUN

Published: MARCH 2021

Author(s): Ifeyinwa Asuzu & Chika Ogonwa

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Department of Languages,

Delta State Polytechnic, Ogwashi- Uku,

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Abstract

The study examines the role of women in Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun. The aim of the study is to show how Adichie recreated the female character, whom male writers as Chinua Achebe, Festus Iyayi, Zulu Sofola and others in same like have portrayed as weak, insignificant and subordinate human in African patriarchal society. Furthermore, the study shows through Adichie’s female characters, mainly Kainene and Olanna, the role of women during the Biafra war and its wider implication on the society. The study is a content analysis procedure which uses instances from the novel as source for data. While the study anchors on Feminism, data for the study were analysed using the Womanist ideological perspective. The study shows that Adichie mask through her female heroine, Kainene to portray women as strong, bold, individualistic and fearless human beings who are capable of taking and took responsibilities in the society. The study shows also, that role can be used to place significance on human irrespective of gender.

Key words: Recreate, Feminism, Significant, Weak, Subordinate, Womanist