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12 EAD's REVISION NOTES FOR
PURPLE HIBISCUS
KEY CHARACTERS
PAPA
Our first impressions
(*best
ch ar
a cter
for t
his q u e st
ion)
1. V i
olent ­ open ing
li
n es
"bro ke t
he f
igu ri
ne s" "
f lung
th e
missal"
2. fanati
ca ll
y r
eli gi
ous ­
desc r
ip t
ion o f
h i
m tak i n g ma ss
3. tw i
sted i
d ea
o f
l
ove
­ symb ol
i sm o f
"l
o ve si
p "
4. revered
in commu n i
ty
t
ria d,
Pri
e st
refer r
e d
t o "t
h e P ope,
Pap a
a nd
Jesus"
Strengths
l eade r
in commu nity
(succe ss ful
i
n du stri
a li
s t ,
ne w sp a per
,
ch ur c h rol e)
s upported hu ma n r
ights
/
o pp osed co r
rup ti
o n (
den ou n ces cou p ,
p r
in t
s
i
nfo
on di
sap p eared people ,
r ef
use s b ri
be s)
g enerou s
­ d ona t
ed to
ma n y caus es
Weaknesses
mi sgui
d ed i
n terms of
rel
igi on
­ ve ry
b lac k a n d w hit
e
l ashes out
­ " why do you
w alk i
n t
o si
n ?"
c ont
rolli
ng ­ c hi
ldren /
f
ami l
y
r ejects hi
s ow n
father
and c ul t
ure
l aden
w it
h se nse of
gu i
l
t /
s ha me
­ his up br in g ing
w it
h Pri
ests
Realistic / believable because
n ot
one di
me nsional
­ ma n o f
con t
rad ict
i on s
d i
ff
eren ce i
n h is
pub l
i
c (st
a t
us i
n c ommu n it
y / cr
us ad e r
for
j
u st ic e)
a nd
pr
ivat
e f
ace
(a buse ,
r
epres si
v e t
ow ards c hild r en )
a ut
h or
p r
ese n t
s him not
as
a mon ster
bu t
a s
a pe r
so n we have t
o
fe el
some s ympa thy for
(hi
s pas t
­ t
rea tme nt by p r i
est s,
self
l
oa t
hin g )
a ut
h or
a l
lows us i
nsight
i
n to h i
s fe el
in gs of g u il
t,
reg re t
over
ac tion s
c haracters
re spon d
to hi
m i
n a
ran ge of
w a y s ­
e. g.
K amb i
li
'
s l o ve f
o r
hi
m, I
fe oma
te sti
fi
es t
o him be ing a "c ol
o nia l p r
od uct "
KAMBILI
( * Be st
char
a cter
to
ta lk
ab out
i
n te rms of
cha rac t
e r d eve lop me nt
/ cha n g e)
Beginning
s hy,
si
len t
,
ob edi
e nt
,
su bmi ss i
ve, intr
o ve rte d , not
i
nd e penden t
l ives
in her
fa ther'
s shadow desp era t
e t o
p le a se (w o r
d s)
,
afra id o f
di
sappo int
ing hi
m (
schoo l
)
a ccepts hi
s t
w ist
ed for
m o f l
o ve
(l
o ve si
p s)
a t
scho ol
i
s u nab l
e t
o socia l
is e
no rma l
ly w i
t h o the r
s
o ppresse d
(p unishme nts,
trap ped i
n
s che d u l
e s)
a nd
r epressed
(
emo ti
o nall
y)

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Comments

fozia bi


good help

 

Paul Dutton

A very useful guide to the novel, looking at characters and context.

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