Stylistic Analysis Of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half Of A Yellow Sun

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Stylistic Analysis Of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Half Of A Yellow Sun


This study is a stylistic analysis of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‟s novel
Half Of A Yellow Sun, which comprises four parts with a total number
of 37 chapters and 433 pages. The aim of this study is to identify the
predominant stylistic devices used by the author in the novel and the
effects achieved by using them. To achieve this aim, the researcher
uses quantitative stylistic analysis which entails the counting and
writing down the number of times each device occurs in the selected
chapters of the novel. Review of related literature is also done. The
researcher chooses this study because Half Of A Yellow Sun is
Chimamanda‟s second and most voluminous novel; it is also an
award winning novel and not much has been done on the stylistic
analysis of the novel. 24 chapters are selected out of the 37 chapters
and tables are used to represent the frequency of occurrence of the
predominant stylistic devices used in the novel. Random selection
sampling was used in parts two and four respectively to select six
chapters from each while part one and part three are selected
because they have six chapters each and need no random sampling.
At the end, the predominant devices found out to be used by
Chimamanda are Compound sentences followed by Compound
complex sentences, Parenthetical expression, Italics, Transliteration
and Code-mixing. It is then recommended that other young writers
should adopt Chimamanda‟s style since the aim of studying style is to
improve the vigour of one‟s writing.


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