Marriage Is A Private Affair By Chinua Achebe

850 Words Sep 27th, 2015 4 Pages
Love over Family
At times in life people face decisions that in the end may hurt a loved one. In Chinua Achebe’s short story “Marriage is a Private Affair”, Nnaemeka faces a life changing decision over love versus family. As readers become informed of a man who is torn between his father’s traditions and the woman he loves. As we read into a time period of arranged marriages and strong religious beliefs, readers travel into a conflict over loyalty, tradition, and hope that will easily tear any family apart. Loyalty in any family is important and many parents have strong beliefs passed down by generations. As Nnaemeka falls in love with his fiancé Nene he knows deep down he has to tell his father about his new fiancé and that it would possibly stir up turmoil within the family. Readers learn about Nanemeka and his father’s religious beliefs of arranged marriages. As the main character has always respected his father he was still not easily influenced on this matter. Nnaemeka states, “I can’t – we must – I mean its impossible for me to marry Nweke’s daughter” shows readers of his immediate hesitation of going against his father but his strong belief of marrying who he loves (Achebe 250). Readers are able to grasp onto what matters most in each character. His
Mejia 2 love for his fiancé is enough to sacrifice a relationship with his dad to be able to live the life he wants to live. While Nnaemeka argues, “ Marriage today is different”, tells readers that these characters are…
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