The Thing Around Your Neck Themes & Motifs

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Culture Clash

The clash between the Nigerian and American or white cultures is one of the major themes in this collection of short stories. This theme occurs mostly in stories where Nigerians immigrate to America. There is also one story in which the cultures of the white men clash with those of the Nigerian natives.

The majority of stories deal with a clash in cultures when a Nigerian immigrates to America and has to deal with the differences in cultures. The story “On Monday of Last Week” deals with this culture clash. Kamara, who works as a nanny, feels this culture clash when she considers how anxious Josh’s father is in his parenting in comparison to Nigerian parents. Kamara also is bothered by the way American parents believe they are due praise for being good parents while Nigerian parents believe it is just part of a...

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