Americanah Short Sample Answers #2

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What does Ifemelu find satisfying about her relationships with Curt and Blaine? Why does she, eventually, abandon each relationship? Is it possible that she needs to be with someone Nigerian, or does she simply need to be with Obinze? 4

At one of her salons, Shan says that "You can't write an honest novel about race in this country. If you write about how people are really affected by race, it'll be too obvious. Black writers who do literary fiction in this country, all three of them, not the ten thousand who write those bullshit ghetto books with the bright covers, have two choices: they can do precious or they can do pretentious" (417). Has Adichie chosen one of these paths, or has she succeeded in writing an "honest novel about race"? 5

Just before Ifemelu plans to leave for Nigeria, her beloved cousin Dike attempts suicide. What does Adichie mean to communicate through this suicide attempt and its lack of success? 6

The term “Americanah” is used for Nigerians who have been changed by living in America. Why do you think Adichie chose this as the title of her novel? Is the title a judgment of Ifemelu? 7

What does Ifemelu find satisfying about her relationships with Curt and Blaine? Why does she, eventually, abandon each relationship? Is it possible that she needs to be with someone Nigerian, or does she simply need to be with Obinze?

Though it seems, looking at the novel as a whole, that Ifemelu never stopped loving Obinze, she does have long, healthy rel...

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