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The effects of war

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s short story “Chinasa” explores the theme of war and focuses on the effects war has on the characters. The story presents gruesome descriptions of people who are starving, trying to survive, and even severely injured from bombing. 

Despite being only around fifteen years old, Chinasa wants to appear strong and show she manages to handle the trauma of war. At the end, she becomes the minister of education, a literature professor, and even marries and has children.

On the other hand, the narrator seems to still be suffering from the trauma of war. When she talks about the present, she says: “It is now 2008 and yesterday morning, a morning not dissimilar to that one forty years ago”. She admits that the morning is n...

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