Literature OBJ

(Answer one question from each section)


Adah’s growth in confidence and determination in pursuit of dreams all begun like a dream which originated from nowhere, yet one was always aware of its existence. This according to the novel later became a ‘presence’.
At the time of her birth, Adah’s birth is not all that welcomed because people are predicting a boy, but it turned out to be a girl. Probably at the age of eight, Adah can point out that her parents should have given birth to her because they don’t want her to pursue her dream because she is a female child.
The ibo some then believe that a female child only needs to attend school for two years at most so that she will be able to read or write. Hence, Adah’s younger brother Boy started school at the posh Ladi-Lak Institute ahead of her . Hence, Adah would stand at the gate of the school to watch other pupil march pass out of jealousy.
Adah knows quite well that her mother (Ma) is the chief course of her not going to school. Never the less an opportunity sprang up one after as her mother was engrossed in the conversation she was having with one of her innumerable friends. Ada who has helped her mother out with the domestic chores sneaked out and headed for the methodist school.
Luckily, she did not meet any of their neighbours as she run on to school. She caused much short laughter in the class manned by Mr. Cole because of her behaviour and outfit. Me Cole later controlled the situation made her sit down and bought her .
‘Bori; When Adah got home she meet a hullabalo. Ma has been arrested and taken to Sabo Police station where she was forced to drink a bowl of garri. She was later advised to send the scary Adah to school .
Adah’s second set back was papa’s death. But her dream still work on because of her confidence and determination. Again the fact that the longer she stays in school the bigger her dowry saw her through . So, Ada who live with her mother’s elder brother as a servant stole two sibling she was given to buy a pound of steak.This made her cousin cain Ada with koboko’ until the latter became unfeeling to it . Hence, Adah not only register to her entrance examination into the Methodist Girls – a boarding school.
Later, when Adah got married to Francis Obi and worked in the American Consulate, she worked on Francis and his parents and finally found herself in the United Kingdom where she intended to do further studies on Librarianship.
In conclusion, Adah’s growth in confidence and determination helped her in the pursuit of her dream.


The text, Invisible Man depicts the charismatic & domineering personality of a nameless narrator dated back to the twentieth centuries in the united states where his reality is surreal & he can only survived through pretense
In the text, Mary is a motherly figure for the narrator, a caring mother who provide food & shelter for the narrator in times of need even the narrator feels indebted to Mary despite finding her bothersome from time to time
In the text, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man uses Mary to convey his literary taxonomy through his beautifully penned illustrations as Mary serves as one friend who the narrator entrusted his confidence in. She is a break from society as she allows him to rest and gather his strength until he can get back up on his own feet. She is like a mother to him
Invisible Man depicts Mary as a kind & motherly woman who sees plenty of potentials for the narrator to contribute to racial progress, and her flaw is that she talks to much according to the narrator. She takes the narrator in after his disastrous stint as a lab experiment and never ask questions about rent.
Mary however can be seen as an illuminator to the narrator in the story. She also has high ideals telling the narrator that whatever he does, should be a “credit to the race”
What Ralph Ellison’s texts is trying to convey to the read is that Mary represents both mother and spiritual guide for the narrator. Here, she prepares the narrator for his entry into the segregated society, a society that sees a man being invisible becos of his personality: his essence in same society and the need to reclaim his invisibility back then in the united states
In the story, Mary portrays the character of a strong woman and independent who feels the narrator needs to do something to discover his innate abilities & identity in that societal decadence.
In the final analysis, one can inferred that Mary is a survivor who represents the courage and dignity of the black woman. Although she is not based on any specific historical character, she is a woman in the tradition of Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, or Mary McCloud Bethune.



Mary Rambo is both Mary, the saintly mother of Jesus, and Aunt Jemima, the female version of Sambo. Mary is a strong black woman who has learned to survive the violence and corruption of the city by relying on her inner resources. A Southern woman who now lives in the North, Mary provides the narrator’s only source of love and comfort.
After his harrowing experience at the Liberty Paint Factory Hospital, the narrator is grateful for Mary’s kindness and generosity. Seeing him simply as a fellow human being who needs help, Mary takes him into her home, cooks for him, and nurses him back to health. When he can’t pay his rent, she tells him not to worry. Seeing how depressed he is about his situation, Mary encourages him and reassures him that he will make something of himself and be “a credit to his race.” She does everything she can to demonstrate her faith in him and, in effect, adopts him as her surrogate son. During this time, the narrator sees Mary as the saintly mother figure, referring to her as his anchor and guide, and appreciating her support and generosity.
But after he meets Brother Jack and begins to work for the Brotherhood, he sees Mary through different eyes. She becomes a source of shame and embarrassment for him, prompting him to try to shatter her image, as symbolized by his futile attempt to discard the cast-iron bank. The bank, like Mary, represents a part of his heritage he wants to forget. Although he initially appreciates her cooking, he now complains of his steady diet of cabbage.
At first he sees her home as a sanctuary and source of solace and comfort, but later he notices the noise, poverty, and filth surrounding her, as indicated by the banging on the pipes, the smell of cabbage, and the invasion of roaches. He finally leaves Mary without even saying goodbye, confident that she will survive, having undoubtedly gone through similar experiences with other black men.
In a nutshell, Mary is a survivor who represents the courage and dignity of the black woman.


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