(Re-) Presentation of Family's Responsibilities in Sade Adeniran's Imagine This

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NAME: MORAKINYO TOSIN ISRAEL REGISTRATION NUMBER: ARP14/15/H/1187 COURSE CODE: LIT 601 COURSE TITLE: BIBLIOGRAPHY AND SCHOLARLY METHODS DEPARTMENT: ENGLISH LECTURER: DR. KAYODE OGUNFOLABI (RE-) PRESENTATION OF THE FAMILY’S RESPONSIBILITIES IN SADE ADENIRAN’S IMAGINE THIS. There is a (re-) presentation of the responsibilities of the family in the novel, Imagine This, which obviously leads to some of the conflicts, which will be unfolded later in this study. This paper will try to examine the presentation of the responsibilities of the family in Sade Adeniran’s Imagine This with focus on the treatment of the protagonist, Lola Ogunwole, by her father and extended family. Families are systems of interconnected and interdependent individuals, none of whom can be understood in isolation from the system (Bowen, n. pg.). The relating of the family to system, which encompasses ‘interconnected and interdependent individuals’ signifies the fact that the individuals in the family ranging from the father, mother and their children, and sometimes with the extended family have differing roles to play and rules to respect in the course of their being together as a system. Members of the system are expected to respond to each other in a certain way according to their role, which is determined by relationship agreements (Bowen, n. pg.). The parents in the family are saddled with the responsibility of loving, caring and affectionately listening to their children within the context of respecting their children’s decision at a time when such is needed and vice-versa. However, the transformation in the responsibility may maintain the stability in the relationship, but it may also push the family towards a different equilibrium. To this end, we see Lola’s mother change in her role as a mother and this pushed ‘the family towards a different equilibrium’. All what Lola had to go through
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