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The Thing Around Your Neck deals with the Nigerian experience of migrating to America. It deals with the often unrealistic expectations people have about their. The Thing Around Your Neck. Anna Seward and Amina Taylor. Nsukka. British colonize Nigeria and divide it into North, East, and West, largely separating. PDF | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie"s The Thing Around Your Neck () is a collection of twelve short stories. The settings of the stories are.

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He was full of life and provided his mother with purpose and an identity as his mother. Ugonna is killed by men looking for his father, the narrator's husband. He prioritizes his work over his wife and his son, Ugonna, and writes articles that anger the government by exposing government corruption. He flees to Benin. Unlike their cousin Dozie, Nonso will carry on the family name, so Grandmama and the narrator's mother give Nonso all their attention.

He dies when the narrator plays a trick on him. He's loyal to Nwamgba and is a very powerful man in the village, but his cousins murder him. His soul returns to earth in his granddaughter, Grace.

She's a Nigerian woman, but she converts to Christianity and does her best to please her husband. After a few months, Akunna wants to write to her family and friends about the openness of the Americans and how the poor Americans are fat while the rich are thin.

She can't afford to send the requested purses and perfumes, though, so she doesn't send letters. At night, Akunna feels invisible and tries to walk through her walls, and when she's about to fall asleep she feels like something wraps itself around her neck and almost chokes her.

Again, Akunna stays silent and lonely as a result of her disillusionment with the American dream. This silence also make her feel invisible, as nobody sees her as a full, rounded person.

Adichie writes about depression in other works as well—and particularly depression among immigrants coming to America—and the image she creates here is particularly vivid and powerful. Active Themes At the restaurant, customers ask Akunna if she's from Jamaica. One day, a boy asks what African country she's from, and then asks if she's Yoruba or Igbo. Akunna thinks he must be a professor, but he says he's traveled in Africa and enjoys studying sub-Saharan Africa.

Akunna tries to show disdain to the boy because white people are all condescending. The boy seems as though he can likely identify Nigeria on a map and is aware of some of the Nigerian ethnic groups.

However, Akunna's distrust stems from her prior experiences with Americans fetishizing and romanticizing Africa. Active Themes The boy shows up at the restaurant for the next few days and tries to talk to Akunna about Lagos.

He tells her about his travels to Bombay and how he likes to visit the "real people" in the shantytowns rather than doing tourist activities. That night, he's waiting outside for Akunna after her shift, and he asks her out. He tells her he's a senior at the university and gives his age. When Akunna asks why he hasn't graduated yet at his age, he says he left school to travel and find himself.

Akunna thinks she didn't know that people could choose to not attend school. She tells him no for four days. On the fifth day, he's not waiting for Akunna after work.

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When he finally shows up, she says she'd love to go out with him. He takes her to Chang's and her fortune cookie fortune is blank.

The boy obviously romanticizes the life of poor people in foreign countries. His ability to choose to leave school and travel indicates that this boy comes from a wealthy privileged family, which indicates that he has the ability to visit these countries, experience the "romance" of poverty, and then return home to his comfortable life.

The Thing Around Your Neck

Akunna's inability to understand how he can do that is indicative of her own lack of choices and resources. However, the boy is the first person in America to really pay any attention to Akunna, which at least begins to remedy her loneliness. Active Themes Related Quotes with Explanations Akunna feels that she and the boy are becoming close when she tells him that she never roots for white men on Jeopardy.

She tells him about the time her father hit a Big Man's car in rainy Lagos traffic and laid out in the road in shame.

The Big Man's driver eventually let her father go, and Akunna told her father that he looked like shit. The boy grabs Akunna's hand and says he understands, but Akunna feels annoyed and says there's nothing to understand.

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The range of concerns interwoven into the stories is wide, as it is also in those set in the United States.

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