The Thing Around Your Neck


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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The Thing Around Your Neck Symbols


Throughout the story collection, characters consistently take note as to what cars other characters drive. Particularly in the stories that take place in Nigeria, the cars act as a symbol of Western influence, and for…

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The Benin Masks

In "Imitation," Nkem's husband Obiora regularly returns from his time in Nigeria with reproductions of Benin masks for their American home. As the story is about Nkem's realization that her marriage to Obiora is…

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Nigerian Food

For the characters in the United States, food is a way to connect with the life they left behind in Nigeria. Characters like Akunna derive comfort from discovering their local African foods store, while others…

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