Things Fall Apart Nwoye Quotes

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All characters and events in novels serve a purpose. Nothing is there for no reason. In Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Nwoye serves to demonstrate Okonkwo’s character and his reaction to femininity and weakness. In the end, Nwoye is as an example of why some tribe members decide to convert to Christianity. In Things Fall Apart, Nwoye is used to show Okonkwo’s high masculinity standards for himself and his son, causing them to have a troubled relationship. This pressure is put on Nwoye when Okonkwo sees qualities in him that match those of his father, Unoka. Okonkwo despises Unoka for, in his eyes, being feminine, weak, and very lazy. Achebe writes, “Okonkwo’s fear [is] greater than these. It [is] not external but [lies] deep within himself. It [is] the fear of himself, lest he should be found to resemble his father” (Achebe 13). This quotation…show more content…
If he resembles his father, he thinks it means he is a failure. This is quite ironic, considering one of the things Okonkwo associates with weakness is fear, although it is the fear that motivates Okonkwo to be as masculine and strong as he is. Another quotation says, “Okonkwo’s first son, Nwoye, [is] twelve years old but [is] already causing his father great anxiety for his incipient laziness” (13). Okonkwo not only cannot stand the idea of being weak and being seen as feminine, he cannot bear to father a son who seems to be as lazy as Unoka. Okonkwo is very set in his ways and is highly concerned when he notices that Nwoye seems to take after Unoka. Okonkwo reacts by physically punishing Nwoye in hopes that he will become more manly. A third quotation that relates to this says, “Nwoye always wondered who Nnadi was and why he should live all by himself… he decided that Nnadi must live in that land of Ikemefuna’s

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