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Things Fall Apart Nwoye Quotes Analysis

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Cultural Change everyone goes thru it, when you move, or when you encounter a different culture like In Chinua Achebe’s novel things fall apart. Nwoye sense of identity was disputed when the foreigners brought their western ideas into the Ibo culture. Nwoye started as a lazy follower of the Ibo religion. But the cultural onslaught from the British foreigners and the Ibo people affected them in a positive manner to the point that nwoye left his family to join the British colonists. The causes for nwoye to adapt in their sense of identity included, his father beat him, and down right was mean and was also disappointed in him as his son. He felt that what his culture was doing was wrong in a sense. His personality conflicted the culture outright.…show more content…
One thing they have in common they both don’t want to be like their father. In this quote, we see that Okonkwo is threatening his son.“If you split another yam of this size, I shall break your jaw.”(46) Is one quote from the novel that shows that he is mean toward his son, and violent at times with his family. During this portion of the novel Okonkwo, Nwoye, And Ikemefuna were splitting yams for the next planting season. Okonkwo didn’t like how his son was splitting the yams the right size. This quote supports my claim because in real life you don’t threaten your child like that, maybe like taking a toy or something like that: but not by breaking his…show more content…
The Ibo culture believes men should be tough, ruthless, and own the biggest farm possible: while on the other hand, women should stay at home look after the children, do the chores like cleaning, making dinner, and helping the crops when necessary. In this next excerpt from the novel, it shows that nwoye wasn't a very hard worker; or very manly to what the clan believes a man should be. “Do you think you are cutting up yams for cooking? he asked Nwoye.”(46) “Yam stood for manliness, and he who could feed his family on yams from one harvest to another was a very great man indeed.”(46) As you see in the last two excerpts from the novel, Nwoye’s isn't trying his best. Or from his tribe's beliefs very manly since he couldn't prepare a yam seed
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