Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


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Americanah – Essay Topics

1. How does Adichie portray racism in America versus racism in Nigeria? Include white Americans’ reaction to black Americans or Africans, as well as Nigerians’ reaction to white Westerners, Asians, and other African cultures and subgroups.

2. What role does Ifemelu’s blog play in the narrative? In what ways does it illuminate the novel’s central themes as well as Ifemelu’s character?

3. How are Ifemelu and Obinze’s experiences in America and England similar? In what ways are they different? Given Obinze’s early fascination with America, how would he have fared in Ifemelu’s situation?

4. Carefully examine the book’s structure. Why did Adichie begin the narrative in the braiding salon, with Ifemelu preparing to go home to Nigeria? How are the many flashbacks important to the overall structure?

5. In what ways is Dike’s experience in America different from Ifemelu’s or his mother’s? Why? Did Dike’s suicide attempt directly result from being Nigerian-American, as…

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