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12.In the novel, Naidoo states that "nothing made sense except the terrible aching inside Sade" (2000, p. 58). At the end of the novel, Sade even ended up blaming herself instead, which resulted in her misery. She thinks that if she prepared her schoolbag earlier, her mother would be alive. The experience of being a refugee by herself made Sade miserable as well. Julia Hope states that "refugee children can be said to experience a culmination of loss, trauma, and change" (2008, p. 4).Naidoo states that "Memory becomes an important theme in the novel as Sade experiences the loss of mother, family, home" (2017). In many situations, the memory of her mother keeps Sade brave and loving. For instance, Sade thought of blaming her father for the death of her mother. The voice of her mother reminded her that she should love her dad and that he is not guilty. The voice of her mother says: "Evil enters like a needle and spreads like an oak tree" (Naidoo, 2000, p. 222).When the doctor was examining their mother, "Sade and Femi huddled close to their father" (Naidoo, 2000, p.4). This shows how parents are important in their children's lives and how their presence makes them feel safe. After this incident, Sade's father decided to send his children to England, Although this means that they will be away from him. When Sade hesitated to go, her father says: "We can't miss the chance to get you out safely" (Naidoo, 2000, p. 14).The theme of family and the role of parents in raising their children have been questioned by many philosophers and writers, such as Beverley Naidoo.Her mother's voice advises Sade on what to do. At the end of the novel, Sade even managed to bravely save her father from prison when she distracted the journalists.However, the career of her father also resulted in traumatizing experiences for her as she witnessed the death of her mother and lived on her own as a refugee.In this book, Beverly narrates the Story of Sade, who is a 12-year-old Nigerian girl.At a very young age, Sade and her brother had to live as refugees and fear revealing their true identity.In the novel, Naidoo investigates how important parents and adults are in the lives of children through the character of Sade.In her novel The Other Side of Truth, Beverly Naidoo questions the role of adults into the lives of children.


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  1. In her novel The Other Side of Truth, Beverly Naidoo questions the role of adults into the lives of children. Discuss focusing on the child protagonist Sade. 44


The Role of Adults Into Their Children's Lives


Family is important in children's lives. The theme of family and the role of parents in raising their children have been questioned by many philosophers and writers, such as Beverley Naidoo. In this book, Beverly narrates the Story of Sade, who is a 12-year-old Nigerian girl. Her father is a famous journalist known for speaking his mind with no fear, which led to the death of his wife. After witnessing the death of their mother, her father sent Sade and her brother to England for safety, where they lived as refugees. The novel investigates the role of parents in providing children not only with moral safety and good memories but also trauma.


In The Other Side of Truth, Sade's character shows how the presence of adults provides safety for children. In the first scene of the book, Naidoo states that Sade was putting her book in her schoolbag before hearing the shot that killed her mother. This implies that Sade lived a normal and peaceful life as children in her age live. When the doctor was examining their mother, "Sade and Femi huddled close to their father" (Naidoo, 2000, p.4). This shows how parents are important in their children's lives and how their presence makes them feel safe. After this incident, Sade's father decided to send his children to England, Although this means that they will be away from him. When Sade hesitated to go, her father says: "We can't miss the chance to get you out safely" (Naidoo, 2000, p. 14). Folarin's only goal is to keep his children safe. On the contrary, the novel shows how being away from their father made the children in danger. For instance, they were arrested by the police when they did not find their uncle in England. Later, they struggled at school and in foster care. This shows how parents are important in keeping their children safe.


Memories of parents are so important in children's journey through life. At a very young age, Sade and her brother had to live as refugees and fear revealing their true identity. They also suffered bullying in school and dangers. However, her parent's memories and pieces of advice always kept Sade strong. Naidoo states that "Memory becomes an important theme in the novel as Sade experiences the loss of mother, family, home" (2017). In many situations, the memory of her mother keeps Sade brave and loving. For instance, Sade thought of blaming her father for the death of her mother. The voice of her mother reminded her that she should love her dad and that he is not guilty. The voice of her mother says: "Evil enters like a needle and spreads like an oak tree" (Naidoo, 2000, p. 222). Sade remembers how loving her mother was and tries to be like her. In addition, Sade went through many hardships in England. Her mother's voice advises Sade on what to do. At the end of the novel, Sade even managed to bravely save her father from prison when she distracted the journalists. This shows how the memories and lessons of parents are important as they keep children strong.


Naidoo shows how adults can result in trauma in their children's lives. Although the family is a source of care and love, it can also be a source of trauma for some children. The events that happen because of adults result in depression and tragedy. For instance, Sade thought of blaming her father for the death of her mother. She remembers how kind her mother was and wishes that she could be with her. In the novel, Naidoo states that "nothing made sense except the terrible aching inside Sade" (2000, p. 58). At the end of the novel, Sade even ended up blaming herself instead, which resulted in her misery. She thinks that if she prepared her schoolbag earlier, her mother would be alive. The experience of being a refugee by herself made Sade miserable as well. Julia Hope states that "refugee children can be said to experience a culmination of loss, trauma, and change" (2008, p. 4). This shows that the actions of parents can result in trauma for their children.


In summary, Naidoo shows the role of parents in giving their children not only safety and good memories but also trauma. In the novel, Naidoo investigates how important parents and adults are in the lives of children through the character of Sade. The young girl's parents provided her with safety and memories. Their pieces of advice and values kept her strong even in the hardships. However, the career of her father also resulted in traumatizing experiences for her as she witnessed the death of her mother and lived on her own as a refugee.


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