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“Birdsong”: gender role and the protagonist’s change“Birdsong” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie revolves around a woman’s flashbacks of her affair and an older, married man. Through the story, many issues arises, especially about gender roles in Nigeria during the 21stcentury and the protagonist’s change in her perception.At first, the protagonist appears as a woman in the working class while her lover is a rich,powerful man, whom even her boss has to respect. It is clear that in terms of gender, social class or power, she is always in a weaker position when compared to her lover. She is mistreated wherever she goes. Her car is hit by man, yet he comes out and yells at her. Her lover’s driver shows no respect and barely has a word with her. Even the waiter at the restaurant her lovers feels comfortable to take her out does not even give her a glance. Moreover, marriage is the only subject for the female friends surrounding her. Marriage is considered an object to improve a woman’s position, which seems to be an on-going theme throughout the story. Even for her lover,