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Volume 1 Issue 9

February 2015

Civil War and the Question of Gender Roles in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun
Ms. K. Gayathri Menon, 
Department of Studies in English, 
Kannur University, 
Thrissur, Kerala, India
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun, a novel which is set during and after the Biafran War, throws light on different issues that the Nigerian society faced between 1967 and 1970. War has done much damage to the people in the past and its after effects reverberates in the contemporary era too. This study includes an analysis of the society expected gender roles and their portrayal in the novel. War usually shatters the existing system leading to a chaotic environment in almost all the strata of society. It attempts to investigate how far the author has dealt with the various challenges that the Nigerian women faced during the time of war. Olanna, one of the main characters of the novel, is selected by the author as the representative of Nigerian womanhood. The ordeal through which Olanna and the other characters pass through exhibits certain gender issues which are relevant in the present scenario of the world.
Civil War; Biafra War; Gender Roles; Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie; Half of a Yellow Sun.
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