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Adichie uses personal anecdotes from her experiences significantly to show that reading only one type of book by similar kind of authors kept her in the dark during her childhood

April 18, 2019 0 Comment

Adichie uses personal anecdotes from her experiences significantly to show that reading only one type of book by similar kind of authors kept her in the dark during her childhood. In her Ted Talk she mostly targeted the people who stereotype. She uses different writing strategies and easy vocabulary to connect to her audience. She states, “I recently spoke at a university where a student told me that it was such a shame that Nigerian men were physical abusers like the father character in my novel. I told him that I had just read a novel called “American Psycho” and that it was such a shame that young Americans were serial murderers. Now, obviously I said this in a fit of mild irritation” (Adichie). She refers to the book “American Psycho” as she relates to elder people because the book was released back in 1990’s and was very much hyped during that time. Being exposed to such kind of stereotypes causes frustration and Adichie handled the situation extremely well using humor and sarcasm. Adichie asserts, “I think, is how impressionable and vulnerable we are in the face of a story, particularly as children. Because all I had read were books in which characters were foreign, I had become convinced that books, by their very nature, had to have foreigners in them, and had to be about things with which I could not personally identify” (Adichie). Children are vulnerable when being exposed to single stories as they grow up with wrong images. Her use of words such as such as vulnerable and incompressible defines her writing strategies serving the main purpose of not to believe in single storie.