In this essay I will be discussing how ugh and Llano dealt with their traumatic memory of the Barbarian war in the Novel Half of a yellow sun by Chainman Ongoing Addicted. All of the characters in the novel deal with the war in different ways. ‘”You’re burning memory,’ he told her. Am not. ‘ She would not place her memory on things that strangers could barge in and take away. ‘My memory is inside me” (Addicted, 2014: 432) This quote occurred at the end of the novel Half of a Yellow Sun in the very last pages.
This is a great way to end off the novel because it shows that even Hough there has been a war and everything was taken away from all of the Gobo people; their family, their money their jobs, and all they have left is their memory of the war as well as all the trauma they had experienced. Demigod tell Llano that she is a burning memory because she reminds him all the bad memories they have made throughout the war and it hurts to see her and remember all of these things. In Half of a Yellow Sun, Addicted portrays Llano as an extremely strong and independent women.
Llano is also a wife of a university lecturer Llano also goes through many different highs ND lows in this novel, and her character continuously changes and surprises us. At the beginning of the novel Addicted portrays Ugh as a curious little boy that is a house boy for Llano and Demigod. Throughout the novel Lug too changes and we see how in certain situations Ugh is prepared to compromise his integrity to please other characters. Different characters are affected by the war in many ways in my opinion Llano and Lug is the characters that are most affected by the war.
Llano finds out about the war when she was visiting her ex-partner, by the name of Mohammed, and at first Llano thought it was a small conflict between people but when she had gone outside and was disguised as a Muslim she had seen that the thing she thought was conflict it was actually a war and Llano was mostly surprised by what she had seen. “it was difficult for Llano to visualize a war happening now, bullets falling on the red dust of Unusual while Barbarian troops pushed the vandal back” (Addicted, 2014: 185) Llano was completely traumatized by the acts of violence that she has witnessed.
Llano was confronted by the hatred towards the Gobo people. When Llano had seen Abdullah, her so called reined, had killed her aunt, uncle and cousin she was traumatized by the sight of them laying lifeless on the floor and could not believe what was happening. Moreover what had contributed to Llanos’ trauma was not only did she have to see her family laying on the floor lifeless but she was required to identify the dead bodies too, which alone could make any average person experience any sort of emotional illness.
Llano had started experiencing the effects of the Barbarian war when she had gotten onto the train, and saw how many Gobo people were trying to get away from all of this violence and irruption. When Llano had escaped and arrived home she was so traumatized that her mind was not compatible with her body and she could not do anything for herself. Everything was done for her by her husband and her trusty house boy, Lug. These are therefore symptoms of Post Traumatic Syndrome Disorder. Through her rough time because she had been so traumatized it had affected her entire life and the people around her.
I would assume that this is why Demigod had cheated on Llano because of the fact that Llano withdrew from her life so much. As a result of Llano being rheumatoid she became an emotional prisoner in her own life. This could be an illustration of how throughout the book most of the characters in the book try to deny or try to avoid the seriousness of the war and the avoid accepting what is actually happening. The last scene that I WOUld like to focus on, regarding Llano, that think that has a great effect on her memory of the war is when Llano an Demigod get married.
During the wedding reception when the couple cuts the cake, there was an air raid. At first it sounded as though it were thunder but as it came closer it became more identifiable. The wedding was dramatically stopped and everyone had to lay flat on the floor and hide away so that they do not get shot at. Since this event Llano had not taken the sound of thunder lightly, whenever she hears the slightest sound of lighting she assumes that it is another air raid and she panics as though it were. These events reinforce the idea that Llano was traumatized.
Jug moved to Downsides’ home to be a house boy when he was only 13 years of age, and when his identity was still being formed. Clung took on this family and became extremely attached to them, where Ugh would depend n Llano and Demigod as well as they would depend on Ugh. Although this more evident when Jug was not present to look after baby and Llano had to look after baby by herself and realized that she could not do it without Jug. When the Barbarian war had started Jug was at Downsides’ home and Llano was still away visiting Mohammed.
Jug heard about the war on the radio and on the television because his master was listening to what was happening. When Ugh hear about the war he was worried about Llano, wondering where she was and when she would be coming home, but Lug as forced not to show his emotion because he was looking after baby and did not want to show baby that he was worried where his mommy was. After Llano had come home, ugh was forced into joining the army with no experience or training and was tragically almost killed.
Ugh had a chance to experience love for the first time with Beriberi but could not because of the fact that he forced into the army, and by l_Jaw. TU joining the army the only thing that had happened was Guys’ character changing into someone that we do not recognize. The “Target Destroyer’ (Addicted, 2014: 365). During the time we e Ugh change into the “Target Destroyer” (Addicted, 2014: 365) we see how soldiers’ takes advantage of the war situation by stealing a civilian’s car and thinking that this kind of behavior is permitted.
In chapter 29 of Half of a yellow sun we see how Lug the “Target Destroyer” (Addicted, 2014: 365) changes the most and develops, if could say, a dark soul by doing things that for the reader would be unthinking because of the kind of character he is in the beginning of the novel. In a war situation soldiers and civilians have the mentality that they are permitted to do things that you are prohibited to do n a daily basis. Furthermore in this kind of situation, group pressure is bigger than your own personal values and this is why Jug has been pressured into raping an innocent bar girl.
To add to that Guys’ character is not the sort of character that would do something like this. Throughout the book we see Jug as an innocent, caring and extremely thoughtful person, for example how he cares for Oddness’s’ and Llanos’ relationship. Although the war is no excuse for what Jug has done, the war had a huge influence on the rape. Through the rest of the war, it seems that the experience is just a blur for Ugh. Ugh has ultimately has gotten rid of all of his natural human emotions because he no longer has hope in his war or even largely in Bavaria.
In a sense Ugh realized that the entire war was corrupt and is traumatized by what actually goes on in the war and by what he was willing to do under these conditions. For the duration of the war Lug had a strange attachment towards that Frederick Douglass book. This book that Jug Was strangely attached to in some way or another lightened his soul or rather saved him from his depression and helped him overcome his oppression. After the war has ended I-Juju no longer turned to alcohol because of his depression he now turned to writing.
At the end of the novel all the characters’ lives goes back to the way it was. This is a great way to demonstrate that although everyone’s lives are back to normal, their memories will never go away it will always be there. Also they are traumatized by the war so as soon as they seen something that reminds them of the war, their bad memories will play in their head as though it were a movie and it will bring back all of those emotions. Throughout the novel Addicted compares such intricate things, such as baby and love, with something that is so brutal, like war and rape.
By doing this Addicted emphasizes how harsh things could be. In my opinion Addicted successfully carries out the experience of war and everyday events that affect a lot of people. The messages Addicted creates is relatable to many people because some of the things you experience and some of the things your friend or family member has experienced and you can try understand through this book how they feel about the tragic events they had experienced.