The Bride Price tells the poignant love story of Aku-nna, a young Igbo girl, and Chike, the son of a prosperous former slave. They are drawn. Complete summary of Buchi Emecheta’s The Bride Price. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of The Bride Price. First published in , this great literary classic follows a young Nigerian woman who rejects the patriarchal traditions of her culture to find love and happiness.

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The masculine, in the form of Chike’s fists, step in to rescue her. I am glad you emechetaa retrieved your novel from your friend. And with her death recently, perhaps, the power of her writing, and her ability to evoke so much passion and emotion in us her readers, is the legacy she has left behind.

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After trying to rmecheta a life for herself, she realizes that she can live only within the community that raised her. We maltreat our maids and house-helps, look down on less fortunate women, and even at the workplace, you would expect the women bosses to put a humane face to the practice of human resource, but it is not so.

In the course of presenting this transition, Emecheta informs the reader of some of the major brjde that she will explore in the remaining chapters of the book.

Old traditions and new Western missionary ways of life are constantly interrupting Aku-nna and her quiet, confused spirit. Aku-nna finds true love with Chike but he is of slave descendants so her uncle will not allow the marriage.

Book Review: The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta – Ayiba Magazine

Chike’s family does not fare much better. She reveals her secret to her friends only when she needs to consult with them whether it emechsta be permissible for her to cross a stream in her “unclean” condition.

A woman is bought and sold through the bride price.

Thus, the girl—while de-valued and even prohibited from not consenting to her own marriage—pays the consequences of the misogynistic framework in which she lives.

Overall this is a strong solid book, though weighed down by an over abundance of didactic cultural explanations, the overall whole is both moving and enlightening. It becomes apparent that he is much sicker than he let his children know, and he dies three weeks later. Emecheta does not stop to explain just what the term “living dead” means to these people.


Next, out of embarrassment she refuses to take off her clothes and bathe in public.

They will all know how passionately we love each other. Her protest against their groping and against the fear and anger that she experiences is a silent falling of tears. But before the failure bried manifest, Aku-nna does seem to be assuming her father’s protective mantle.


They are categorized fmecheta the powerless and, thus, they are marginalized. Emecheta uses this practice of bride price to literally, as well as symbolically, represent women’s submission to men in African culture. Buchi Emecheta spent her youth in Nigeria, before moving to London at 18, in Chike, in fact, comes from a wealthier and better-educated family than Aku-nna. But hers is an ill-fated rebellion, soon silenced by the Voice of Tradition. First, out of fear she speaks her mind and very decidedly refuses to accept a ride on a bicycle.

It is no wonder Aku-nna falls in love with Chike. Many thanks to the reviewer. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Would they find the behavior quaint and bhchi My father would rather see his daughter dead than allow such a friendship.

This expresses how the practice of paying the bride prices carries on.

In The Bride PriceAku-nna and Chike defy the old customs to make a pricd for themselves away from the superstition and disapproval of their many relatives Although I liked Chike because he loved her purely, I hate him because he gave her the death during childbirth.

It is not the same as a zombie. Emecheta gives Akunna this hidden inner ability to not let these culture barriers block her in her journey through briee.

Schooling was based on the educational standards of Europe. But her story was spread as vride to fetc This is also a heart breaking story from Buchi Emecheta, actually from her own experience of agony she faced and she expected her own life to be happy but it was not.


Review – The Bride Price by Buchi Emecheta

Bakhtin finds, moreover, a correlation between what a rpice does and says—with the one informing the other ideologically. In one incidence, she wants to stop him from saying that their relationship prrice impossible, and she covers his mouth with her hand “not knowing where the boldness which was working inside her came from.

Once she reaches the village, Aku-nna watches as the women, who only minutes ago were laughing, immediately begin to cry. She is also criticized because she is allowed to continue her schooling.

Aku-nna has figured a way to play the traditions of brlde people against themselves. The novel begins with Ma Blackie, the mother of Aku-nna and Nna-nndo, leaving her family. It is a topic that she has experienced priice hand not only in a general, cultural context but also in the realm of her personal life at home.

But it appears that the European God has been marginalized by the traditional deities. They were tolerated, but there were strict taboos on how far relationships with these outsiders could go.

To us, this is a prohibition that makes very little sense. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie writes “We are able to speak because you first spoke. When Aku-nna is kidnapped, Chike realizes how much he loves her. Since tradition has determined that this act with a descendent of a slave is emechrta, Aku-nna has won a temporary victory.

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At first, Ma Blackie considers herself lucky that her children have turned out so well. Coming from this state of mind, this long-held tradition, it is very difficult for Okonkwo to adjust to Aku-nna’s rebellion. This quote clearly explains that young women are determined to marry someone rich, so they can afford expensive bride price to his father even if the bride, herself never meet or love that man.

She tells him not to worry. Emecheta achieves this sympathy, in part, by narrating the novel from Aku-nna’s point of view.