Character Analysis In Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

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Literary Analysis: character analysis
There is so much one person can take in their lifetime before they begin to look for an open door; A new door that leads to a new life. In “Things Fall Apart,” by Chinua Achebe, a young man named Nwoye was offered a new faith. One faith that handed him a blank book where he can start writing his own story for once. All his life, Nwoye was forced to undertake violent behavior from his entitled father, Okonkwo, until he was introduced to Christianity. A fresh start was all he needed and he took it, but it did not sit well with his father. Chinua Achebe purposely created havoc between father and son to amplify Okonkwo's downfall towards a new culture he did not accept.
Nwoye was always overshadowed by Ikemefuna, Okonkwo's adopted son, until his death. Nwoye was lazy and incompetent just like his grandfather. His father beat him constantly to make a man out of him. Parents do not realize that sometimes they break their kids; It is the worst feeling ever. “Nwoye knew that it was right to be masculine and to be violent, but somehow he still preferred the stories that his mother used to tell,” (Achebe, pg 53, para. 2). Nwoye is not a curse like his father feels, he is a child who holds on to happy fantasies. He prefers the love of a mother over the harsh treatment of his father. Sometimes when someone feels closed off, they look for an exit and leave no matter the circumstances. Nwoye was more than content when he found a group of

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