4/27 Americanah

Q: Our last blog post! Please discuss why Adichie’s choice to contrast Ifemelu’s immigrant experience with Obinze’s is important. What are the differences between their experiences? What do we learn when we get to read more than one story about immigration and success?

A: I think it is important that Adichie chose to contrast Ifemelu’s immigrant experience with Obinze’s is important because it is important to see things from both sides. No two people are going to have the same experiences so it is importnat to look at the different challenges that are being faced within their own experiences.

There are some differences, one major one being that obviously Ifemelu is a female and Obinze is a male. This within itself makes their experiences very different because sometimes females get overlooked a little more than men do. Through these experiences we learn that you shouldn’t have to give up hope and you should always work hard to overcome these tough times in your life. I think both of their stories show that a non-American immigrant can still succeed here. Even though it may be hard and there will be a lot of obstacles and roadblocks, there is still a way to get things done.

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