Vol. 2, Issue 2 (2016)
Symbolism in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus
Author(s): Nilima Meher
Abstract: The use of symbol can’t be avoided in literature. It is used mostly in poetry. But the novelists also can’t avoid its use. Symbol enhances the beauty of a literary work. It also proves the artistic dexterity of a writer. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s first novel Purple Hibiscus is based on many issues like the civil war of Nigeria, domestic violence, child exploitation, rigid religion and many more. As Adichie belongs to the Third Generation Writers of Nigeria and reside both in Nigeria and America and shares a common quality with her contemporaries and writes about the hybrid culture. All these issues and structure of the novel she has designed is symbolic. The religious symbol, symbol of flower and tree fills the novel.