How Is Nwoye Portrayed In Things Fall Apart

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Being Captured by the Christians [Attention Grabbing Sentence] In the novel Things Fall Apart, Nwoye is the twelve year old son of Okonkwo and his first wife. Okonkwo expects a lot from him because he is his eldest son, but Nwoye does not impress his father. Okonkwo does not want Nwoye to become like his own father, Unoka, who was lazy and unsuccessful in his life. Though Okonkwo tries really hard to make Nwoye a strong and successful man, Nwoye gets enchanted by the Christian religion and converts to it. In the novel, Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, Nwoye demonstrates the abandoning of the Ibo culture by liking womanly ideas, leaving his family, and defying the religion.
Nwoye symbolizes the abandoning of Ibo culture by liking womanly
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When Okonkwo is exiled to his motherland, Mbanta, the Christian missionaries come to convert the Ibo people to Christianity. They tell them stories, hymns, and “poetry of the new religion” (147). Nwoye is “attracted to the new faith from the very first day” (149). Nwoye always goes to listen to the missionaries preach, but he does not tell anyone or get too close with the Christians, because he is afraid his father will do something to him. Though Nwoye tries as hard as he could to keep it a secret, his secret is revealed to his father by one of Okonkwo’s cousins. That day, when Nwoye returns home, his father holds him by the neck and yells at him and threatens to hit him with a stick. Okonkwo’s uncle, Uchendu, intervenes and Nwoye “walked away and never returned” (152). Nwoye goes to Mr. Kiaga, the teacher of the church in Mbanta, and tells him that he wants to go to the school in Umuofia to learn about the Christian faith. Nwoye is pretty happy to leave his father, but he is sad to leave his mother and his siblings. Later, when Obierika sees Nwoye with the white missionaries in Umuofia, he is confused and asks him how his father is. “ ‘I don’t know. He is not my father anymore’ ”, is Nwoye’s reply (144). Nwoye has decided that he is not the son of Okonkwo anymore. Okonkwo also does not consider Nwoye his son anymore. He gives Nwoye as an example to his children, showing them what will happen if they go with the Christian missionaries. When Nwoye is well educated, he comes back to Umuofia to take his mother and siblings, Okonkwo threatens him away saying that if “he came to his compound again, he would be carried out of it” (182). These are things that demonstrate how Nwoye abandons the Ibo culture by leaving his family for the Christian
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