The Thing Around Your Neck Essay

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Questions for “The Thing Around Your Neck” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Cell One 1. What were your thoughts on this first story about the spoiled boy, Nnamabia who stole from neighbors and his own family and always got himself out of whatever jam he was in? 2. Why do you think his family let him get away with such actions for so long? Could you tell they treated boys differently than girls? Do we have examples of such in our own lives. 3. What do you think about the subtle wording about how those that were stealing from around the campus grew up watching Sesame Street, reading Enid Blyton, eating cornflakes, attending
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11. Any thoughts to the guard who stated, “You cannot raise your children well, all of you people who feel important because you work in the university. When your children misbehave, you think they should not be punished. You are lucky, madam, very lucky that they released him”. 12. Were you surprised with the kind of living we were introduced to in the first reading? What were your preconceived notions of Africa or its various countries?

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Imitation 1. What were your thoughts on this second story about Nkem, who came from Nigeria with her husband? 2. What did you think about her statement “She knew she wanted her children to be like the neighbors children, sniffed at their food that had fallen on the floor and called it spoiled. In her life, you snatched the food up, whatever it was, and ate it.” 3. Anyone know of the same type of arrangement where a spouse has to live far away.. Not just in Africa is it? 4. Any agreement sometimes to the American way, of if you do something in a different way, they would think you were abnormal, as though their way was the only possible way. 5. Is her life similar to the imitation masks? a. Lifeless? b. Trophy Wife? 6. What do you think about the coveted league, the Rich Nigeria Men Who Sent Their Wives To America To Have Their Babies League? Is this farfetched to some of our own aspirations? 7. She talks

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