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October 31, 2019

The Price of Silence and the Practice of Parrhesia: A Critique of Adichie’s Purple hibiscus

Abstract

With the crystalisation of the disillusionment in political leadership that marked post-independence Africa comes the recurring fear and terror in many an African home, society, and country. The vulnerable are afraid to voice their grievances due to the treatment that might be meted out to them as a consequence of their outburst. People prefer to live in pain and anguish to losing certain privileges, status, favours, relationships, or their lives. Consequently, individuals, families, as well as nations pay dearly for not speaking out under extreme tyranny. This paper pitches the price of silence against the benefits of the practice of the theory of parrhesia as elucidated by Foucault. It considers the price that comes with silence under extreme religious, patriarchal, and autocratic leadership in Adichie’s Purple hibiscus. The paper also discusses the impact of the author’s style in driving home her message by using a qualitative approach. This approach takes into consideration the narrative techniques, characterisation and language used in the novel.  It is concluded that truth-telling or speaking out at the appropriate time is a duty; it is not a privilege. History never truly forgives silence; individuals and society eventually pay a heavy price for it.