Please wait while we process your payment
If you don't see it, please check your spam folder. Sometimes it can end up there.
Don’t have an account?
Create Your Account
Sign up for your FREE 7-day trial
Already have an account? Log in
Choose Your Plan
$4.99/month + tax
$24.99/year + tax
Save over 50% with a SparkNotes PLUS Annual Plan!
for a group?
Get Annual Plans at a discount when you buy 2 or more!
$18.74 /subscription + tax
Subtotal $37.48 + tax
on 2-49 accounts
on 50-99 accounts
Want 100 or more?
for a customized plan.
You'll be billed after your free trial ends.
7-Day Free Trial
Renews October 1, 2023
September 24, 2023
Discounts (applied to next billing)
This is not a valid promo code.
(one code per order)
Annual Plan - Group Discount
SparkNotes Plus subscription is $4.99/month or $24.99/year as selected above. The free trial period is the first 7 days of your subscription. TO CANCEL YOUR SUBSCRIPTION AND AVOID BEING CHARGED, YOU MUST CANCEL BEFORE THE END OF THE FREE TRIAL PERIOD. You may cancel your subscription on your Subscription and Billing page or contact Customer Support at email@example.com. Your subscription will continue automatically once the free trial period is over. Free trial is available to new customers only.
For the next 7 days, you'll have access to awesome PLUS stuff like AP English test prep, No Fear Shakespeare translations and audio, a note-taking tool, personalized dashboard, & much more!
You’ve successfully purchased a group discount. Your group members can use the joining link below to redeem their group membership. You'll also receive an email with the link.
Members will be prompted to log in or create an account to redeem their group membership.
Thanks for creating a SparkNotes account! Continue to start your free trial.
Your PLUS subscription has expired
*See discount terms and conditions.
Highly intelligent, perceptive, and inquisitive, Nyasha is old beyond her
years. Like the other female characters in Nervous Conditions,
she is complex and multifaceted, and her dual nature reflects her status as the
product of two worlds, Africa and England. On one hand she is emotional,
passionate, and provocative, while on the other she is rational and profound in
her thinking. Nyasha is admired by Tambu for her ability to see conflict and
disagreement not as threats but as opportunities to increase her understanding
of herself and the world. She uses the various experiences life presents her
with as a chance to grow, learn, and improve. Initially, she thrives in her
state of unresolved and often warring emotions and feelings, and she sees any
inconsistencies in her feelings or her world as opportunities for greater
Nyasha’s precocious nature and volatile, ungrounded identity eventually
take their toll, and isolation and loneliness are her reward for being
unconventional and fiercely independent. She is unpopular at the mission school,
but this unpopularity is due more to her willfulness than the fact she is the
headmaster’s daughter. Her inner resources and resolve are highly developed, but
they can sustain her only so far. Over the course of the novel, the elements
that define her and the aspects of her personality she most cherishes become the
source of her unrest and ultimate breakdown. Nyasha begins to resent her
outspoken nature and the constant spirit of resistance she displays,
particularly to her father. The transformation leads to self-hatred, a
dangerously negative body image that results in an eating disorder, and mental
illness. Nyasha becomes a symbolic victim of the pressures to embrace modernity,
change, enlightenment, and self-improvement.