Purple Hibiscus

Summer Reading 2015

Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The following prompts ask you to make an argument based upon your reading and analysis of Purple Hibiscus. Please select one of the following prompts and compose an argument, using details and quotes from the text to support and defend your points. Your essay should use appropriate citation and be approximately 900 to 1,000 words.

  1. Watch Adichie's TEDtalk: "The Danger of a Single Story."How would you respond to the assertion that Purple Hibiscus avoids the pitfall of the single story? Be sure to consider how your argument connects to or differs from other perspectives on this issue, and to incorporate multiple pieces of evidence from the TEDtalk and the novel. In your conclusion, consider the implications Adichie's story-telling strategy.
  2. What is Adichie's perspective on defiance? Describe and critically examine the theme of defiance in Purple Hisbiscus by comparing multiple viewpoints (e.g., different characters, different levels of power, different cultural interpretations). You need to incorporate multiple pieces of evidence in your argument. In your conclusion, consider the implications of defiance "used right" in Kambili's world.

Fall Forum Essay Contest

The Writing Center is organizing an essay contest! Those students who submit the strongest essays will be invited to attend special events.

Submissions need to be Word or PDF documents, with the student's last name as the document title, and a full name and email address listed at the top of the essay.

To submit your essay, please use this link.