Purple Hibiscus : Character Profiles - Father Amadi & Papa Nnu Kwu

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Nabilah Chowdhury, 11Ra Character Profile: Father Amadi & Papa
Character Profile ­ Father Amadi
He is important as Kambili's first love and as a trigger to her self-discovery. He expedites (speeds up) her
steps towards womanhood by making her sexually aware of herself, "good legs for running"
"I did not get a calling...priesthood was able to answer the most questions"
He influences Kambili' shifting paradigm of faith through these words because she expected all priests to
hear a calling, whereas he make sit sound less divine with his response of priesthood being able to answer
the most questions.
He encourages Kambili to question her father's teachings, e.g. "Why do you think Papa Nnukwu is a
Father Amadi represents modern Nigeria in the global world because he sees no reason why the old and new
ways can't exist peacefully.
Kambili later honours both faiths in their more modernized take on devotion.
Father Amadi is not a moral absolutist like Papa; he respects other religions.
This shows that religion wielded by someone gentle can be a positive force, as it was in Kambili's life.
He gives her confidence ­ "You can do anything you want" and "You are beautiful"
When he takes her to get her hair plaited, it expresses that Kambili is transferring some of her dependencies
from Mama to Father Amadi ­ this can be seen as a metaphor for coming of age.
His tender, loving relationship with Kambili, contrasts with her cruel, punishing relationship with Papa.
Character Profile ­ Papa Nnu-Kwu
"Papa Nnu-Kwu expects us to say no"
Implies the repetitive nature of their visits
Indicates that Papa Nnu-Kwu has learnt to hide his feelings and has hardened his heart.
"Eyes twinkled with mischief"
Expressed his happiness at life despite being restricted to see his grandchildren.
The painting of Papa-Nnukwu represents the children's hope.
At first, it is a happy and joyful thing that the children enjoy, but when their father enters the picture, that
hope is ruined.
Their one hope is to be more like their cousins, but their father is making that impossible.
For Kambili, Papa Nnu-Kwu teaches her of her ancestry. When she watched Papa Nnu-Kwu in his "full
nakedness", she sees no "godlessness", no sin in his innocence. She understands that faith can fulfil a person,
"he smiled", and not just be used as a rod of discipline, "why do you walk into sin?"
Papa Nnu-Kwu's struggles and outcast contrasts greatly with his contentment of living a simple life.
GCSE English Literature Exam Notes: Purple Hibiscus


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