Americanah

Americanah Literary Elements

Genre

Fiction

Setting and Context

United States and Nigeria, roughly 1980-2010

Narrator and Point of View

Third-person omnicient; the narration mostly follows Ifemelu but sometimes follows Obinze

Tone and Mood

Critical, nostalgic, observational

Protagonist and Antagonist

Ifemelu and to a certain extent Obinze are the protagonists.

Major Conflict

Ifemelu has made a major life choice - to move back to Nigeria - and must grapple with its repercussions. In addition, she is still in love with Obinze, her first boyfriend, and seeks a relationship with him though he is married and has a child.

Climax

Obinze comes to Ifemelu's door and confesses his love for her.

Foreshadowing

As the story skips in time, much exposition and foreshadowing is done through Ifemelu's thoughts while getting her hair done in Trenton.

Understatement

N/A

Allusions

N/A

Imagery

Adichie's imagery focuses on descriptions of people and culture in the United States and Nigeria, as Ifemelu focuses her observations and criticisms on these topics.

Paradox

N/A

Parallelism

Ifemelu and Obinze lead similar lives while living in foreign countries and working illegally under grueling conditions, before coming into success in different ways.

Metonymy and Synecdoche

N/A

Personification

N/A