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When she returns to her mother in disgrace, does Ijeoma feel guilty?

Created: 08/26/16

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Posted Aug. 26, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
davinamw

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When she returns to her mother in disgrace, does Ijeoma feel guilty?

When she returns to her mother in disgrace, does Ijeoma feel guilty about what has happened?


Posted Sep. 05, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
Maggie

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RE: When she returns to her mother in disgrace, does Ijeoma feel guilty?

I do think she feels guilty. She is made to feel this way by the treatment of the school teacher and by her mother. The bible teaching each day certainly does not help to make her feel good about herself. She is told she is a abomination.


Posted Sep. 05, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
carolf

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RE: When she returns to her mother in disgrace, does Ijeoma feel guilty?

First I do not think she returned in disgrace -rather she returned in resignation. I don't believe she felt guilty only somewhat relieved to be free of a marriage that she was never happy in.


Posted Sep. 06, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
KateB

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RE: When she returns to her mother in disgrace, does Ijeoma feel guilty?

I think the first time she returns home - from the schoolteacher's house - she does feel guilty, not because of her feelings for the other girl, but because she has made her mother unhappy. It's not the act that she feels guilty about, so much as the consequences, and I appreciate that because it is natural for her to love women.

The second time she returns home, after leaving her husband, I don't think she feels guilty at all. I felt that by staying she was endangering her daughter and that the daughter has a much happier life because Ijeoma is brave enough to leave the marriage. I found it to be a very powerful story.


Posted Sep. 06, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
joyces

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RE: When she returns to her mother in disgrace, does Ijeoma feel guilty?

As KateB stated the return to Mama as a young girl probably left her feeling guilty not for her actions so much as for upsetting and disappointing her mother. The return at the end of the marriage did I am sure have her feeling a bit guilty for failing in the marriage but certainly not as regards the welfare of her daughter nor her own mental state.


Posted Sep. 06, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
reene

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RE: When she returns to her mother in disgrace, does Ijeoma feel guilty?

I believe when she was returned to her mother by the school teacher, she was made to feel guilty. Both treated her and spoke to her as if she had done something awful. Then when she returns home, her "lessons" continue to make her feel guilty, an abomination.
When she returns home the second time, I think she feels some guilt about the failed marriage, but she has matured enough to know she has to save herself and her daughter from the ever increasing depression and danger of staying with Chibundu.


Posted Sep. 08, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
dianaps

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RE: When she returns to her mother in disgrace, does Ijeoma feel guilty?

No, I don't think guilt even entered her mind. She knew she had tried her best with the marriage and then accepted what she had to do for her daughter and herself to survive.


Posted Sep. 13, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
lauriew

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RE: When she returns to her mother in disgrace, does Ijeoma feel guilty?

I think she feel guilty about the pain, heartache and disgrace she has caused her mother. She does not feel guilty for loving Amina.


Posted Sep. 13, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
nancyl

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RE: When she returns to her mother in disgrace, does Ijeoma feel guilty?

I think her guilt is from disappointing her mother. She probably thinks she should feel guilty about her love for Amina but just can't.


Posted Sep. 14, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
dianeh

Join Date: 08/01/16

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RE: When she returns to her mother in disgrace, does Ijeoma feel guilty?

I think that when she was forced to return the first time, she felt conflicted. She was constantly being made to feel sinful and guilty and yet she felt so much love for Amina.
When she returned home after her marriage, I think she actually felt a sense of peace knowing that, for her, this was her only option. It had been a difficult struggle and her mother was her refuge


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pennyp

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RE: When she returns to her mother in disgrace, does Ijeoma feel guilty?

The first time, I think she felt bad because she disappointed her mother. The second time I don't believe she felt guilty but did feel relief and a sense of power.


Posted Sep. 16, 2016 Go to Top | Go to bottom | link | alert
alissac

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RE: When she returns to her mother in disgrace, does Ijeoma feel guilty?

She seemed to feel only mildly guilty because she hurt her mother and her dreams, not for her actions. She needed to leave the marriage, the lie, and has only stayed for her mother- her guilt, then, was because she upset her mother, and because she regretted her decision to leave.


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darylb

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RE: When she returns to her mother in disgrace, does Ijeoma feel guilty?

I don't think she did. I don't think she thought she had done anything wrong. She was told what she had done was bad, but I don't think she ever truly felt disgraced. She wanted to please her mother though. When she left her husband she was concerned that her mother would be disappointed, but she knew she was doing the right thing for herself and her daughter.


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