‘Things started to fall apart at home when my brother, Jaja, did not go to communion’ as the book commences, the atmosphere in the house has already aroused and is tensed due to Jaja’s resistance to his passionate Catholic father when he intentionally did not share in fellowship on Palm Sunday, an imperative Christian religious occasion. Adichie gives a record of the stifling environment that has immersed the family unit, an aftereffect of Papa’s overbearing and visually impaired religious enthusiasm as we are additionally driven into every one of the activities that warrant Jaja’s aberrance to his dad: the youngsters’ (both Jaja and Kambili) collaboration with flexibility at Aunty Ifeoma’s home at Nsukka; how the kids have increased self-assurance and self-conviction subsequent to meeting their cousins.
A child’s development can highly be affected by the environment where he/she grows up or is exposed to. The progression of an adolescent much of the time occurs in bizarre stages as each child are curious about their surrounding, all youths are required to get affect by their condition at different age level. The early years of a youngster’s life are basic for subjective, social and passionate improvements. The exposure that they are supposed to have in their teenage years are yet one of the most crucial time as this is the ideal opportunity for them to build up their mental capacity, set appropriate compositions and in particular the behavior that they respond upon any circumstance. In the event that a kid does not increase enough consideration towards the setting they are presented to, their psychological naming can fluctuate from what a typical teenage mind would be. The way that they think and process their mind will be constrained and when new encounters come into contact with them there will be obstacles blocking their way on how to deal with the circumstance mannerly.
Consequently, it is imperative that parents make each stride important to guarantee that youngsters experience childhood in situations where their social, passionate and instructive requirements are strongly build up.
Kambili does not allow herself to tell the truth about her situation at home. When her classmates taunt her for being a backyard snob, she does not explain that she does not socialize out of fear as her silence is a product of the abuse that she endures at the hands of her father. She is not allowed to dally after school lest she be late and beaten. She finally learns how to speak her mind when she is taunted continuously be her cousin Amaka. Aunty Ifeoma encourages her to defend herself and only then can Amaka and Kambili begin their friendship. Kambili begins to speak more confidently, laugh and even sing.
As the titles of the second and fourth section are ‘Speaking With Our Spirits’ and ‘A Different Silence’. Kambili and Jaja convey through their eyes, not ready to absolute the appalling truth of their circumstance. Mom, similar to her little girl, can’t talk uninhibitedly in her own particular home. Just with Aunty Ifeoma would she be able to act really as the silence that falls upon Enugu after Papa is killed is, as the title proposes, unique. There is misery to this silence like the one that existed when Papa was alive. However, it is a fair quiet. Mother and Kambili know reality and there is nothing more that can be said. Jaja’s quiet double-crosses a hardness that has grabbed hold of him in jail. There is nothing he can state that will end the torment he encounters. Silence being one form of violence and is also used as punishment. When Kambili and Jaja arrive in Nsukka for Easter, Jaja refuses to speak to his father when he calls. After the years of silence that he has imposed upon his children, they use it as a weapon against him.
Imagine sitting in a train and you look out the window and everything is passing by so quickly and it’s all a blur and it’s weird because you’re so still but everything outside is moving so fast. This is the situation where Kambali is in, being a teenager she is trapped in a house where she is being captivated and she misses all the things she is suppose to be exploring. Feeling of stuck in a train forever not moving anywhere, forever stuck in one spot while everyone around her is moving so fast. They’re going places and making plans and doing actual things with their life and there she is settled in the house, in the same spot unable to move forward. She’s stuck between who she wants to be, who she should be and who she is. ‘Home is where the heart belongs and where the story of a life begins’ in order for Kambili and Jaja to abide by this saying.
Eugene’s voice is a specialist and he has all the earmarks of being overwhelming. Using the principal individual story voice, particularly that of a guiltless youngster who trusts that snickering, grinning or taking a gander at one’s appearance in the mirror is a transgression. Kambili annals how her mom endures two unsuccessful labours because of the numerous fierce assaults she endures on account of her unforgiving spouse; how she used to be rebuffed for coming next in class and for eating 10 minutes before Mass; how their legs were burnt for not telling their dad that they had a similar stay with their granddad, a “heathen” at their close relative’s place when they visit without precedent for their lives; how she recovered awareness in healing centre and needs to think of her examinations there in view of the crazy assault from her dad for endeavouring to ensure the bits of their granddad’s artistic creation shared by their dad; and how the 17 year-Jaja has his finger weakened. After scalding her feet, Kambili is told by her father: After scalding her feet, Kambili is told by her father: “That is what you do to yourself when you walk into sin. You burn your feet.” When his dad bites the dust, Eugene does not grieve and he doesn’t go to the memorial service since his sister declines to have him covered like a Catholic since he was not one. Hesitantly he offers cash to purchase seven head of dairy cattle for Papa-Nnukwu’s burial service, grumbling that “pagan funerals are expensive.”
‘This cannot go on, nwunye m,’ Aunty Ifeoma said. ‘When a house is on fire, you run out before the roof collapses on your head.’ (Aunty Ifeoma, Page 213)
Aunty Ifeoma can scarcely envision how Mama would consider returning to her home after the beating-incited unexpected labour as she does not fathom that the Achike family has been living in a devouring house for a long time. In the early parts of the novel, Mama perseveres through a comparative fate, losing a tyke by virtue of Papa’s brutality. However, this time, Mama tunes in to Aunty Ifeoma’s immediate insight regardless of the way that she comes back to Enugu, Mama begins hurting Papa by and by.
Scilence as a weapon against mistreatment is claustrophobic as it leaves a trail of decimation. Kambili just discovers her voice, chuckling and grining through the active, vigorous and blunt youthful cleric, Father Amadi, a consistent guest at her auntie’s place; and in light of the fact that she has never been presented to love and closeness, her heart succumbs to him; yet he doesn’t energize her, which torments her while Jaja additionally creates through presentation at Nsukka.