Buchi Emecheta Essays

  • Kehinde Summary

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    Buchi Emecheta is the successful author of the novel Kehinde. She was born in Lagos in Nigeria, but later moved to London in the 1970s during the period of student immigration from ex-British countries in Africa to England. Her novels and plays focus on themes such as “child slavery, motherhood, female independence and freedom through education.(cite)” These works include The Bride Price (1976), The Slave Girl (1977), Titch the Cat (1979), Nowhere to Play (1980), The Moonlight Bride (1980), The

  • The Bride Price

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    strictly enforced for all men and women of the society. The man’s family is supposed to pay the family of the bride a certain amount of money to marry the girl. This custom, along with many others, is demonstrated in the novel, The Bride Price, by Buchi Emecheta, when the main character, a young girl named Aku-nna, falls in love with a man named Chike, who comes from a family in which the people were once slaves. Throughout the novel, the customs of Nigerian society are explored while Aku-nna and Chike

  • The Role of Women in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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    the late Flora Nwapa of Nigeria have insisted that the image of the helpless, dependent, unproductive African woman was one ushered in by European imperialists whose women lived that way. On the other hand, the Nigerian-born, expatriate writer Buchi Emecheta, along with other critics, maintains that African women were traditionally subordinated to sexist cultural mores. I ally myself to the latter camp. I believe that, in creating a masculine-based society, Ac... ... middle of paper ... ...Function

  • In the Ditch

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    Buchi Emecheta's "In the Ditch" is an autobiographical novel and it describes the social deprivations by the protagonist, Adah, who is a native from a post-colonized country, Nigeria. In fact, Adah is the author herself and everything in the book really happened. As an Ibo from Nigeria she comes across lots of bad experiences. It is easily seen that in this novel and in her easty novels she is seeking to answer these questions: How generally does a man behave in a foreign land aming unfamiliar people

  • Moll Flanders, Madame Bovary, & The Joys Of Motherhood

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    Moll Flanders, Madame Bovary, & The Joys of Motherhood Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders, Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary, and Buchi Emecheta's The Joys of Motherhood are three novels that portray the life of woman in many different ways. They all depict the turmoils and strife's that women, in many cultures and time periods, suffer from. In some cases it's the woman's fault, in others it's simply bad luck. In any case, all three novels succeed in their goal of showing what a life of selling oneself

  • Comparing the Native Characters in Colonial Literature to the European Characters in Post-Colonial

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    post-colonial characters and, as such, continues to be an integral part of post-colonial literature. Works Cited Achebe, Chinua. Arrow of God. New York: Anchor Books, 1969. Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe. London: Penguin Books, 1985. Emecheta, Buchi. The Joys of Motherhood. Oxford: Heinemann Educational Publishers, 1994. Said, Edward. Orientalism. New York: Vintage Books, 1979. Soyinka, Wole. Death and the King's Horseman. New York: Norton, 2003.

  • Buchi Emecheta and African Traditional Society

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    Buchi Emecheta’s literary terrain is the domestic experience of the female characters, and the way in which these characters try to turn the table against the second-class and slavish status to which they are subjected either by their husbands or the male-oriented traditions. Reading Buchi Emecheta informs us of the ways fiction, especially women’s writing, plays a role in constructing a world in which women can live complete lives; a world that may provide women with opportunities for freedom, creativity

  • Second Class Citizen by Buchi Emecheta

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    In the story Second Class Citizen, Buchi Emecheta displays what African women go through in modern Nigeria Society and provides explanations of why they ought to be treated equally. In the story, it provides to us a great example of how men have treated woman and how men should never mistreat woman in any sort of way. In the story Second Class Citizen, gender and sexuality was represented in the novel it shows how there should not be a gender that is more important than the other, and how everyone

  • Gender and Sexuality in Second Class Citizen by Emecheta Buchi

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    In the book Second Class Citizen, Emecheta Buchi uses gender and sexuality to express the many ways in which society treated women and the obstacles that they had to overcome. Buchi uses this book and the many issues discussed throughout the book as a tool in the argument of gender and sexuality as a social construct; however, the ways of the world and the views of society do not see how the way women were treated back then as anything but normal. Adah, the main character of the book is a child who

  • The Marxist Formula in Emecheta's The Joys of Motherhood

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    devastating aspects of the British colonization in Africa was the European economic system: capitalism. Capitalism left many Africans reeling from its destructive impact on tribal economies. Nowhere is this more evident than in The Joys of Motherhood, Buchi Emecheta's tale of the British occupation of Nigeria in the 1930s and 1940s. Emecheta's skillfully constructed story uses various literary devices to develop empathy for her characters suffering at the hands of the English. However, underlying these

  • Parental Relationships in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and Buchi Emecheta’s The Joys of Motherhood

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    Parental Relationships in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart and Buchi Emecheta’s The Joys of Motherhood Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, and Buchi Emecheta’s The Joys of Motherhood, are two novels that emphasize the complexities of relationships between parents and their children. In Achebe’s story, the protagonist of the novel, Okonkwo, has distant relationships with his children (particularly Nwoye and Ezinma) because their father sees them as inadequate in many ways. Okonkwo has high

  • Buchi Emecheta's The Joys of Motherhood as an African Feminist Text

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    Buchi Emecheta's The Joys of Motherhood as an African Feminist Text Upon my first reading of Buchi Emecheta's The Joys of Motherhood, I immediately rejoiced--in this novel, I had finally encountered an account of a female protagonist in colonial and postcolonial African life. In my hands rested a work that gave names and voices to the silent, forgotten mothers and co-wives of novels by male African writers such as Chinua Achebe. Emecheta, I felt, provided a much-needed glimpse into the world

  • Buchi Emecheta's The Joys of Motherhood and Wole Soyinka's Death and the King's Horseman

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    Colonial Life in Buchi Emecheta's The Joys of Motherhood and Wole Soyinka's Death and the King's Horseman Homi Bhaba writes that "colonial mimicry is the desire for a reformed, recognizable Other, as a subject of a difference that is almost the same, but not quite" (86). The colonizer wants and needs the colonized to be similar to himself, but not the same. If the native continues to behave in his traditional ways, he brings no economic gain to the colonizer. But, if the colonized changes too

  • The Physics of Turbo Charging

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    drawback. The engine can only pull so much air in on its own, and the more air and gas that is in the cylinder the more forceful the explosion will be. This is where the turbo charger comes in. It was developed between 1909 and 1911 by Alfred J. Buchi. It was first used on aircraft during world war one. These engines worked on the same principal as the automobile engine, combusting a mixture of gasoline and air. One problem with the aircraft is that at high altitudes the air is thinne... ... middle

  • Rage Against the Machine

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    stood in this fashion for fourteen minutes while feedback from their guitars rumbled through the amps. This seemingly simple prank was actually protest against the censorship of music and the Parents Music Resource Center, founded by Tipper Gore (Buchi, incidents par. 3-4). The music of Rage Against the Machine contains the political and social views of the band members. They are very avid about defending constitutional rights of the individual and large groups of deprived people. The members

  • Reflection of African marriage and the culture of bride price in Buchi Emecheta’s novel The Bride Price

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    group. (1986: 141) Helen Chukwuma claims in her article, Positivism and the Female Crisis: Novels of Buchi Emecheta, that in Emecheta’s novels: The true test of woman continues to be the marriage institution (. . .) Through it a woman attains a status acclaimed by the society and fulfils the biological need of procreation and companionship. (1989: 5) In one of her novels, The Slave Girl (1977), Emecheta has also emphasized the need and compulsion for marriage in the context of an African slave girl Ojebeta

  • Bhabha's Contribution to Postcolonial Theory

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    and people's lives, fates and temperaments. As the consequences are hard to ignore the writers of the formerly colonized countries never forgot to write about it and their people's lives before, during and after their country's colonization. As Emecheta is one of these writer who is born and brought up in Nigeria, a colony of British Empire until 1960, postcolonial approach is one of the most appropriate critical methods to deal with her narratives. Besides, since she is focusing on women in the

  • Christian Rhetoric in The History of Mary Prince and Second Class Citizen

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    Christian Rhetoric in Mary Prince’s The History of Mary Prince, and Buchi Emecheta’s Second Class Citizen It is true, perhaps, that women are the subset of humanity whose rights had been the longest stripped of them, and who had been abused the worst and for the longest time. Even today, many people believe that women still do not have the equality that ought to be afforded them. Since women first started making steps to approach that ideal equality, they have used various means, including literature

  • White Supremacy In 1960s Britain

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    The Idea of White Supremacy in 1960s Britain: Different Perspectives Buchi Emecheta’s novel Second Class Citizen is heavily based on Buchi’s personal experiences being an immigrant in 1960s Britain. In the book she refers to herself as Adah, a woman who had to deal with racism and sexism throughout her youth. The racism she experienced in specific was that of the white majority against the incoming immigrants of Britain. People of the recently decolonized were coming to Britain to study, the

  • Analysis Of The Bride Price And The Joys Of Motherhood

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    is quite weighty, much like the fate of the Dalits of India. The reluctance of many writers, until recently, to broach this topic betrays the sensitivity of the issue. Buchi Emecheta’s bravery in tackling this topic is marred, in The Bride Price, by the rather, unwarranted death of Akunna, the heroine. Criticisms against Emecheta though apt, do not consider her positive portrayal of slaves and outcasts in her two novels, The Bride Price and The Joys of Motherhood. The incisive juxtaposition of the