No Humanity in War

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English 304 Critical Article Review- Adichie Ojinmah, Umelo. "No Humanity in War: Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun." Journal of Nigerian Studies 1 (2012): 1-11. Print. In “No Humanity in War” Umelo Ojinmah examines the brutality and inhumanity of war portrayed in Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun. Ojinmah also examines the love/betrayal side of Half of a Yellow Sun. Comments on Adiche’s writing and narrative styles are also mentioned. Lastly she examines the chronological, character placement, and narrative flaws of the novel. In “No Humanity in War” Ojinmah states that: “Adichie raises the point of the universal inhumanity of all wars through drawing parallels of repulsion from other wars.” She mentioned: “the women who fled Hamburg with the charred bodies of their children stuffed in suitcases, the Rwandan women who pocketed tiny parts of their mauled babies.”(3) This proves Adichie’s point on the fact that all wars, no matter the time nor location of its occurrence, will always inflict the same inhumanities on the unfortunate souls caught in between. Ojinmah also points out that Adichie believes that war brings out the beast within every man, Ojinmah states: “Richard’s witnessing the mindless butchery of Nnaemeka and other Igbo people at Kano airport further amplifies the bestiality of man in situations of war.”(3) Ojinmah praises Adichie on her ability to not just tell the horrors of the Nigerian Civil War but also to illustrate it through the actions done by or to the characters in the novel. Ojinmah states: “Half of a Yellow Sun, is not just a story of the horrors of Nigeria’s civil war; Adichie refreshingly explores some thematic concerns through which the harrowing experiences of the war are highlighted, Majorly, she explores the themes of war; human brutality and bestiality; betrayal of love, trust, friendship and country; and child soldiering,
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