I've finished reading Americanah, and it left me wondering, "Why did Ifemelu go back?" Throughout most of the book, it seemed natural to me that she would want to return home, but at some point when she was back in Nigeria, it stopped making sense to me, and now I'm wondering if the only reason was to see Obinze again. I'm also curious about Ifemelu's self-righteousness, the way she uses her position as an outsider to judge both America and Nigeria.
This week I want to look at the other sources that Anne recommended to me, and perhaps find some of my own. This will include skimming texts from my French class for relevant quotes or anecdotes to help me think about Americanah. By Monday I hope to have developed an outline for my essay, and I'll try to finish a draft by Thursday. From there I'll reexamine my topic/claim, do more research if necessary, and then write the final essay. I will try to turn it in by Wednesday of finals week.