Masculinity In Things Fall Apart

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Ikemefuna’s character and tremendous effect on the clan illuminate the central concept of opposing views of masculinity throughout different generations present in the novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. To begin, Ikemefuna helps Nwoye realize how proud his father becomes when he no longer cares for women’s stories. Nwoye understands the notion that as a man in Umuofia he should be masculine and violent, yet he still prefers the feminine stories that his mother tells (Achebe 53). In addition, Nwoye even fakes his interest in masculine stories to impress Okonkwo: who in return stops beating Nwoye (Achebe 54). The generation gap proves that Okonkwo values a man’s strength but Nwoye sees staying true to himself and interests as more important.

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