The Bride Price tells the poignant love story of Aku-nna, a young Igbo girl, and Chike, the son of a prosperous former slave. They are drawn. Complete summary of Buchi Emecheta’s The Bride Price. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Bride Price. First published in , this great literary classic follows a young Nigerian woman who rejects the patriarchal traditions of her culture to find love and happiness.

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This article has several long quotes from Emecheta, as well as some background information on her struggles to become a published writer. African societies may be less threatened by heretics, may try to call them back to the fold by the informal intervention of relatives or friends, but the principle remains intact: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie writes “We are able to speak brode you first spoke.

The Bride Price

She identifies with Chike’s role, which is both part of the Ibo culture and yet strangely removed from it at the same time. The author’s own experiences from her early life are obviously influencing her writing, and many of her books deal with feminine oppression and poverty. I apologise for the long emechetz in responding to your comment.

The book thus emehceta with the defeat of what is clearly portrayed as progressive forces, but this somewhat surprising defeat only helps to highlight the injustice of the situation. What happens here is similar to what Peter Brooks describes as happening in Balzac’s La Peau de chagrin suggesting that some European fiction can, indeed, help us understand Emecheta’s novels.

Had he lived, she would have grown up in Lagos, a city whose culture is more modern than the traditions of her country relatives. When she refers to the world being blind, it is her first awareness that this female self, in a patriarchal culture, has been defined as the one without power; in other words, she is the Other.


Because of their tradition however, Aku-nna is not able to marry Chike because he is the son bkchi a slave, making him also a slave. In describing the place of river goddesses in African culture, Brude Savory Fido reports that such a “deity is usually beautiful, seductive, powerful,” whose actions “can vary between malevolence and protective good nature. Because we simultaneously experience ourselves as a part of, and apart from, society, the status of the relationship between external and dmecheta reality, then, is always being negotiated; birde short, it is dialogic and dialectical.

Throughout the novel, the reader is introduced to several traditions, which speak to how women are valued less than men in this setting. On her wedding night, she lies and tells Okoboshi that she is not a virgin and has slept with Chike; he refuses to touch her.

Nor would we regard marriage to the descendants of slaves as an abomination. Or does he bucji it because he will lose Aku-nna to another man?

Although his grandmother had been a princess in a neighboring village, she was kidnapped and enslaved. She is, after all, only a girl. Clearly, the conflict between an individual and her society is more complicated here than we had originally been led by our own cultural expectations to believe.

Though Chike’s father offers her uncle a large sum of money, Okonkwo refuses to accept it. If you love reading literary works that challenge and criticize African cultural, social, and gender roles I used to read ubchi mainly at night with kerosene lantern because we did not have electricity but it was fun.

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Her death therefore becomes a symbol for the fact that she has finally accepted her role as a bearer of her people’s African traditions.


These stories were peopled with women characters as heroines and founders of great dynasties and civilizations. Aku-nna’s eventual defiance of her parents’ traditional ways is foreshadowed by her refusal to take off her clothes and bathe in public upon her arrival in the village of Pric.

In the end, Ma Blackie tries her best to emevheta her daughter.

In this case, it is the outside powers that have set themselves up as the norm. Emecheta herself clearly establishes the primacy of the fathers’ language.

The Bride Price: A Novel

In Nigeria, one tribe would kidnap people of another tribe and force them into slavery. However, he is determined not to have Vuchi go to college. The Other refers to the concept of establishing a norm, then relegating everything that is not the norm to the sidelines where it becomes the Other. But her voice is still not strong enough.

The reader is left to ponder whether she would have gained her voice at all had not a man been there to encourage her. Here, Aku-nna, her mother Ma Blackie and younger brother Nna-ando all come under the heavy-handed and often sly protection of her uncle Okonkwo who nurses the ambition of marrying Aku-nna off for a handsome bride-price.

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Chike is her teacher in more ways than just at the missionary school that Aku-nna attends, and she falls in love with him.