The Thing Around Your Neck

by

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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Ofodile Character Analysis

In "The Arrangers of Marriage," Ofodile is Chinaza's husband. He's studying to be a doctor in New York and believes that the only way to get ahead is to fully assimilate into American culture. He goes by the name “Dave Bell” and requires Chinaza to cook American food and speak American English. He married an American woman to get his green card and had a number of girlfriends, and kept that information from Chinaza.

Ofodile Quotes in The Thing Around Your Neck

The The Thing Around Your Neck quotes below are all either spoken by Ofodile or refer to Ofodile. 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.
The Arrangers of Marriage Quotes

They did not warn you about things like this when they arranged your marriage. No mention of offensive snoring, no mention of houses that turned out to be furniture-challenged flats.

Related Characters: Chinaza (speaker), Ofodile
Page Number: 168
Explanation and Analysis:

You left your husband? Aunty Ada would shriek. Are you mad? Does one throw away a guinea fowl's egg? Do you know how many women would offer both eyes for a doctor in America? For any husband at all?

Related Characters: Chinaza (speaker), Ofodile, Nia
Page Number: 184
Explanation and Analysis:
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Ofodile Character Timeline in The Thing Around Your Neck

The timeline below shows where the character Ofodile appears in The Thing Around Your Neck. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
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Chinaza's husband, Ofodile, carries her suitcase up to their apartment. Chinaza tells the reader that she imagined that... (full context)
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Chinaza says she's tired and Ofodile agrees. They go to bed and Chinaza curls up and hopes that Ofodile won't want... (full context)
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The next morning Ofodile wakes Chinaza by lying on top of her. He pulls her nightgown up and Chinaza... (full context)
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The phone is “engaged,” and when Chinaza tells Ofodile that, he corrects her that Americans say "busy" instead of "engaged." Ofodile makes Chinaza breakfast.... (full context)
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Ofodile's neighbor knocks at the door. Ofodile lets her in and introduces her to Chinaza. Because... (full context)
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Ofodile takes Chinaza shopping so he can show her how to shop and use the bus.... (full context)
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Ofodile gestures to a woman speaking Spanish and says that people like her won't move forward... (full context)
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Ofodile takes Chinaza to the mall. He buys her pizza, and she thinks it's greasy and... (full context)
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On Monday, Chinaza makes coconut rice. When Ofodile comes home and she greets him in Igbo, he tells her to speak English. The... (full context)
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...get a job at Macy's once her work permit goes through. Later, when Chinaza tells Ofodile about Nia, he tells her that Nia is a bad influence. Nia begins stopping in... (full context)
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...snows for the first time, Chinaza stays home all day and watches it fall. When Ofodile comes home that night, she asks about her work permit and he slowly explains that... (full context)
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Ofodile asks why it matters, and says that Chinaza wouldn't say no to her aunt and... (full context)
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While Ofodile showers, Chinaza packs her suitcase and goes to Nia's apartment. Nia offers to let Chinaza... (full context)
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...suggests that Chinaza give her marriage more time and asks why Chinaza always refers to Ofodile as "my husband." Chinaza thinks that it's because she barely knows Ofodile. Nia asks if... (full context)
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Nia tells Chinaza that she should wait, get her papers in order, and then leave Ofodile. She says that it's America, and Chinaza can support herself and start fresh. Chinaza thinks... (full context)