Essay Topic 1
Discuss hair as a metaphor and symbol in Americanah. What does Ifemelu’s hair mean to her? How is the protagonist’s hair reflective of the changes that she undergoes in the narrative? Where does this symbol originate for Ifemelu? How does she emerge as an individual through her discussions of African hair?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss Obinze’s relationship with Kosi in the novel. When and where did Obinze and Kosi meet? How does Kosi compare to Ifemelu in demeanor and appearance? In what ways is Obinze dissatisfied in his marriage?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss gender roles and expectations in Nigeria and America. How do perceptions of women and men differ in America from in Nigeria? How are these perceptions illustrated through Ifemelu’s experiences in each country? Discuss examples of relationships between men and women in the novel and how these relationships are shaped by the...
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