The Relationship between Okonkwo and Nwoye falls apart.A relationship between a father and son can have a decidedly profound impact on each other’s lives.Whether this relationship is bifurcated, the psychological effects of having an intimate or inadequate parenting skills can have a nurturing or depriving effect on a child’s personality from birth all throughout adulthood.
Nwoye is the son of Okonkwo’s first wife. Within the family hierarchy, this positions Nwoye as the highest ranking and eldest son. Nwoye, like Unoka, serves as a foil to Okonkwo’s character.
Nwoye is Okonkwo’s eldest son who Okonkwo considers irredeemably effeminate and very much like his father, Unoka. As a child, Nwoye is the frequent object of his father’s criticism and remains emotionally unfulfilled. Eventually, Ikemefuna comes to fill that void and Nwoye, in his adoration of his adoptive brother, begins to emulate him.When Obierika asks after his father, Nwoye responds sadly that Okonkwo isn’t his father anymore. The flashback ends. Okonkwo refuses to discuss Nwoye. Despite Okonkwo’s silence on the subject, Obierika pieces together the story of Nwoye and the missionaries from Okonkwo’s first wife. We get a flashback about what occurred.As a result, Okonkwo backs off, and Nwoye even starts to win his grudging approval. Nwoye remains conflicted, however: though he makes a show of scorning feminine things in order to please his father, he misses his mother’s stories. With the unconscionable murder of Ikemefuna, however, Nwoye retreats into himself and finds himself forever.
Understanding Okonkwo and Nwoye in Achebe’s Things Fall Apart Two passages from the story Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, provide the reader with a more profound understanding of Okonkwo, and his son Nwoye. The two do not have a good relationship and it becomes worse as the story progresses.Read More
Destiny Takes A Toll While reading Things Fall Apart it is important to realize that in the end it is not Okonkwo’s choices but in fact destinies work that brought Okonkwo’s life to his tragic end. Since the day Okonkwo is born destiny is not on his side. His father is a nobody, Okonkwo accidently murdering a clan member and his son Nwoye converting to Christianity can all be shown to.Read More
In Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo was once considered the greatest warrior alive. Things change and he commits suicide by the end of the story. It is a disgrace to commit suicide in his tribe.Read More
Nwoye is Okonkwo's son, about whom Okonkwo worries, fearing that he will become like Unoka. Similar to Unoka, Nwoye does not subscribe to the traditional Igbo view of masculinity being equated to violence; rather, he prefers the stories of his mother. Nwoye connects to Ikemefuna, who presents an alternative to Okonkwo's rigid masculinity.Read More
Detailed analysis of Characters in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. Learn all about how the characters in Things Fall Apart such as Okonkwo and Unoka contribute to the story and how they fit into the plot.Read More
Okonkwo was affected by Christianity because Christianity took Okonkwo’s eldest son, and after Nwoye stopped seeing Okonkwo as a father he told Obierika, “I am one of them”, “I don’t know he is not my father” (Achebe 144).Read More
Things Fall Apart, written by Chinua Achebe, is a historical fiction fixed on the life of the warrior, Okonkwo, in the Ibo culture of Africa. The story is set in the lower Niger in the 1900s. In addition to the life of Okonkwo, Achebe pans his focus to the arrival of the missionaries toward the end of the book.Read More
Later, Nwoye’s love of the Christians’ hymns and simple stories compel him to reject his own clan and convert, one of the first incidents of the clan’s disintegration. Nwoye is lured away from Igbo culture and toward Christianity by the affecting quality of the missionaries’ songs and tales, which speak to him more powerfully than the stories he grew up with.Read More
I was also surprised to find myself in understanding to the relationship conflict between Okonkwo and Nwoye, simply because I have always had a tainted relationship with my father as well. Although the relationship with my father differs from that of Okonkwo and Nwoye because the conflict was caused through actions rather than built upon a disagreement in beliefs, I can still relate.Read More
Until the murder of Ikemefuna Nwoye is at ease with the relation with his father, afterwards he swears off his and opposed everything about him; much like Okonkwo did to his father. I think the most accepted definition of manhood in the ever changing Igbo culture is seen as somewhere in between Nwoye and Okonkwo.Read More