The central core that is being cornered all throughout the novel is the courses in which religious feelings are being mishandled inciting to have a negative impact on the whole family. Religion is the sole reason for purpose in society, without people having something to believe in, like a greater good or a greater evil for that matter, there will be no purpose for a person. Yes, there are theists but they still believe, not believe in God but believe in the fact that there is no God. Religion is nothing but keeping up your faith high in something and carrying a centuries-old tradition which creates a specific way in which people behave well just so they arrive in heaven and bypass the depths of hell. Due to strong belief system, there are many strong completion and limitations implemented on one’s life which can either have a positive or negative impact on their daily life.
Throughout the novel, Kambili and Jaja dependably followed up on the expressions of their dad and didn’t have the voice to try and step forward for them to process anything independent from anyone else. They both were snared while tolerating his dad’s standards, didn’t recognize what life was about outside of the bubble they’re trapped in.
The main line of action is initiated by Jaja’s refusal to go for communion. It develops with Papa’s reaction that results in the breaking of Mama’s figurines. The action and reaction unleash a cloud of silence and anxiety that is heightened by Papa’s fussiness, which is borne out of a fanatic Catholicism. As Kambili tells us, “when Papa threw the missal at Jaja, it was not just the figurines that came tumbling down, it was everything”. “Lay in bed and let her mind rake through the past through the years when Jaja and Mama and I spoke more with our spirits than with our lips.” (15–16). With this in mind it is easy to see that Jaja’s rebelliousness which manifested as his refusal to go to the communion, is precipitated by the events of those years of silence of muted interaction as they spoke with “our spirits”. Religion in this novel apparently has advanced from man’s association with his God but utilised as a device for brutality.