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Cruzado 1Andrea CruzadoMs. SchmitzEnglish 10H P. 115 November 2019Nwoye in Things Fall ApartThe relationship a son has with his father is so crucial to his emotional development that it has the power to determine the kind of life the son goes on to lead. Those fortunate enough to have a close, trustworthy bond filled with love with their father usually prosper develop the confidence and moral strength necessary to be successful in life. On the other hand, those whose fathers show them nothing but a callous indifference devoid of love usually grow into insecure, unhappy, individuals with an irreparable hole in their heart. In his novel Things Fall Apart, when author Chinua Achebe introduces Nwoye as the son of his protagonist, Okonkwo it seems that their relationship falls into the latter category. Okonkwo occupies an important position of masculine authority in the Umuofia clan of their tribe, the Igbo; because of this, he holds Nwoye to very high expectations—most of which, in his eyes, his son fails to meet. Nwoye is gentle, softhearted, and altruistic—and unfortunately for him, these qualities are considered less than ideal for a young man to possess by both the clan and his father. Consistently throughout the novel Nwoye is shown to have a gentle disposition and an aversion to all things violent. For instance, when his father calls him and Ikemefuna to sit in his obiand listen to him tell “masculine stories of violence and bloodshed”, Nwoye obliges and pretends to be entertained by them. But on the inside, he “still preferred the stories that his mother told her younger children,” even though he knows it is “right to be masculine and to be violent” (Achebe 53). The brutality of his father’s war stories horrify Nwoye’s gentle soul, but he
Cruzado 2feigns enjoyment and thrill to please Okonkwo with his “newfound masculinity”. He never lashes out angrily at his father whenever he rebukes and beats him without good reason, which

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