The Thing Around Your Neck

by

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Neil Character Analysis

In "On Monday of Last Week," Neil is Josh's father, Tracy's husband, and Kamara's employer. He's obsessive about Josh's diet and spends most of his time worrying about strangers in the neighborhood or protecting Josh from becoming depressed later in life. Neil is Jewish and wants to make sure his son stays in touch with his Jewish roots.

Neil Quotes in The Thing Around Your Neck

The The Thing Around Your Neck quotes below are all either spoken by Neil or refer to Neil. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Anchor Books edition of The Thing Around Your Neck published in 2009.
On Monday of Last Week Quotes

Kamara wondered where the child's mother was. Perhaps Neil had killed her and stuffed her in a trunk; Kamara had spent the past months watching Court TV and had learned how crazy these Americans were.

Related Characters: Kamara, Neil, Josh, Tracy
Page Number: 77
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Neil Character Timeline in The Thing Around Your Neck

The timeline below shows where the character Neil appears in The Thing Around Your Neck. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
On Monday of Last Week
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...Nigeria, Josh would be called "half-caste" and it would mean something positive. She remembers when Neil hired her and she learned that in America, "half-caste" is a bad word. Neil had... (full context)
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When Neil interviewed Kamara, he said that Josh was learning about his Jewish and his African-American heritage.... (full context)
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Now, three months later, Kamara has developed a sense of affection for Neil and stopped wondering about Tracy. On Monday of last week, Kamara was looking at Josh's... (full context)
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As Kamara cooks Josh's dinner, she stubs her toe. Josh kisses it and Neil calls to check on Josh. Neil wonders if the “Zany Brainy” competition is too much... (full context)
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As Kamara listens to Neil worry, she picks at the sticker that says "NO TO GUNS" on the phone. The... (full context)
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Neil arrives home and greets Josh. Neil tells Josh he'll win the Zany Brainy competition as... (full context)
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The next afternoon, Kamara can tell that Josh didn't win the competition. Neil stands with a blond woman and explains that the woman is Josh's French tutor, and... (full context)
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Neil whispers to Kamara about Josh's sugar intake, and Kamara reassures him and agrees to make... (full context)