Jumping Monkey Hill

This study guide will help you analyze the short story “Jumping Monkey Hill” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. You can also find a summary of the text, as well as inspiration for interpreting it and putting it into perspective

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Title: “Jumping Monkey Hill” (2006) 
Author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 
Genre: Short story

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (b. 1977) is a Nigerian author of novels, short stories, and nonfiction. Her most popular works are the novel Americanah (2013), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), and Purple Hibiscus (2003), and the essay We Should All Be Feminists (2012). Her fiction often centers on race and gender, and her nonfiction writing explores feminist themes. The short story “Jumping Monkey Hill” was first published in the online edition of Granta Magazine. Later, the story was slightly edited and published as part of Adichie’s collection The Thing Around Your Neck (2008). In this guide we will refer to the version published in Granta


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Gender roles and sexism

Another theme that is explored in the short story is that of gender roles and sexism. This is best seen when looking at Edward’s interactions with the female characters in the story, but also through Ujunwa’s story about the misogyny Chioma encounters, which is inspired by Ujunwa’s own experiences. 

Firstly, Edward often makes offensive and inappropriate comments to the female participants. For example, when Ujunwa politely offers Edward her seat, he takes the opportunity to make an inappropriate...

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