Nwoye In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." Albert Einstein arguably one of the smartest beings to walk the planet Earth said this. When the professor who revolutionized physics with his General Theory of Relativity was 16, the head of his Munich school wrote in a damning report: “He will never amount to anything.” Einstein, who died in 1955 aged 76 after a career garlanded with honors including a Nobel Prize, clearly took the criticism on the chin. This story shows how Albert Einstein overcame adversity, and throughout all the hate, Einstein listened to his heart and did what he truly wanted to do. In the novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, Achebe demonstrates how one's life leads them on a journey…show more content…
Life takes unexpected turns and with those unexpected turns, we find out more about ourselves and eventually become an individual with our own ways of thinking.
Nwoye is one of Okonkwo’s children who Okonkwo considers a pessimistic feminine and very much like his father, Unoka. As a child, Nwoye is the regularly victim of his father’s criticism and seems to be always emotionally displeased. Achebe depicts Nwoye as a gentle child who prefers to listen to the stories that the women of the Ibo culture tell, then the bloody war stories that Okonkwo and the men of the village tells. Nwoye has different beliefs than that of his father and fellow villagers. For example, the Ibo culture, leaves twin babies in the forest to die, because they thought twins were a sign of corrupt anathema. Nwoye soon hears the babies crying as he is approaching the forest and "something had given way, inside him" (Achebe ). This shows Nwoye is very sentimental and worries about others. Okonkwo in the other hand would have probably put the babies out of their misery! Nwoye also, now mistrusts the customs and ways of his village. Another example

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