Jumping Monkey Hill | Essay | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The short story titled “Jumping Monkey Hill” was penned by the laureate writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie from Nigeria.

The story is about a young Nigerian who is invited to a writers’ retreat and the theme most pertinent and applicable to this short story is one of subtle harassment and gender-driven discrimination.

It was first published in the fall of 2006 and follows a young woman aspiring to become a novelist.

In the story, multiple themes are explored, the aforementioned discrimination against women but also modern-day colonization, traits all embodied by the story’s antagonist Edward Campbell.

The short story is written in the third person and the narrator has limited omniscience as we are only privy to the thoughts of Ujunwa.

As a result of this, we are only given one perspective on the events that unfold. However, we can assume that it is a reliable narrator as the author states what happens objectively.

Unjunwa is the protagonist and main character of the story. The audience is told that she is Nigerian and lives in the capital Lagos.

We are told, “...that she had just lost her job before she left— a job in banking.” This sentence serves not only to inform but also to foreshadow a revelation about her during the reading of her short story.

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