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Prof. DuttererENG 1020BirdsongChimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an award-winning author whose works focus on feminism and black identity issues.She is very outspoken about how black women are treated based on physical appearance, as well as a woman’s expected role through different stages in life.Adichie’s “Bird Song” tells a tale of a Nigerian mistress and her married lover. The narrator struggles with the morality of a scandalous relationship, feelings of inferiority, distrust, and misogyny. She is faced with the shame and disrespect that comes along with having relations with a man who does not belong to her. The narrator shares her feelings of being on the wrong side of colorism, and possibly has to faceoff with her lover’s wife. The plot of the story is written in a non-linear fashion. Narrated by the main character in first person, the story begins in the narrator’s car as she sits in the afternoon traffic ofthe city of Lagos, Nigeria. The narrator notices a woman staring at her. She describes a beautifulwoman, and later alludes to the woman possibly being her lover’s wife. The narrator foreshadows the end of the relationship, as well as using flashbacks to intimate moments with her lover, as she reminisces about the relationship that was once was. The story seems to be happening in the present as the narrator takes the reader through her memories of dinner dates, conversations in bed, and lover’s quarrels.
The main characters in the story have little background information, yet each character plays a significant role in the story’s development. The main character is a round, dynamic character, although the reader does not learn much about the main character. The main character’s name is never mentioned. All the reader learns is that she works in an office, and thatshe is unmarried, yet the story becomes very personal. The reader hears about the character’s sexlife with her “man” and gets invested in their relationship. Throughout the story, the narrator’s “man” is only referred to as “Sir”. Sir is a flat, static character. Sir is introduced as a married, wealthy, businessman whose wife and children live in America, although he resides in Nigeria. Sir does not change throughout the story. It seems as the main character is initially blinded by Sir’s intentions, however, as the story unfolds, she begins to realize her place in his life. Chikwado, the narrator’s coworker, is an avid churchgoer who acts as a moral compass throughout the story. Chikwado is almost seen as a reminder that the main character is doing something wrong. Chikwando is also a flat, static character. She does not waver in her opinion

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