Efweki

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A. Introduction: In the early 1900s, early colonization arose in Africa where many indigoids cultures collided with sophisticated Europeans forming a dispute between opposing views. Some civilians native to Africa protected and signified their culture— unlike conveying to the more superior and complex society— by acting in inconsiderate and senseless behaviors to define their beliefs. During this time period, the Europeans influenced their customs on the African civilizations to gain power and control over the undeveloped societies. Most of the African religions transmit to the new conviction because of their feeble social structure and influence of a better society. The colonization of two cultures can associate to literary works, including …show more content…
She marries Okonkwo due to his conquests and similitude to virility. Efweki, although, tends to one adolescent, Ezinma, because of an ogbanje child or “a child who repeatedly dies and returns to its mother to be reborn” (Achebe). Considering Ezinma is Okonkwo’s preferred descendant, Efweki receives more affection and approbation from her husband. Okonkwo cares more for her contentment and values Efweki’s presence. When Ezinma is seized by the priestess of Agbala, Efweki pursues her daughter’s kidnapper in fright. Okonkwo soon shadows the devastated mother and daughter to provide reinsurance of their well-being. This circumstance validates how Okonkwo cares for his wives’ well-being and how his relationship with Ezinma causes Okonkwo to be a protective and nurturing father. If Okonkwo did not love his family, He would have left his wife and daughter lonesome to endure the abduction. The novel depicts Okonkwo as a pitiless character such as when he fires a gun at Efweki. In spite of that, readers do not apprehend that after the shot was fired, Okonkwo is relieved and obliged that he did not wound his wife. Okonkwo, “breathed a heavy sigh of relief” to see that his wife is still breathing after the eruption of the gun. Although Okonkwo uses violent and aggressive actions to resemble his culture, he develops sympathy and admiration for the lives of his …show more content…
Okonkwo views masculinity as the genetic makeup of his culture and that any sign of weakness within himself or his family disgraces the culture’s sense of identity. Through the way Okonkwo was raised, he develops an understanding that he must educate to his children and wives how to succeed through power, determination, and work ethic. Although, Okonkwo disciplines Nwoye, his eldest son, with beatings to drive him away from femininity. Even though the purpose of the beatings is to drive his son into a successful and content life, the lashes pull Nwoye away from Okonkwo and the Ibo culture. Okonkwo shows affection towards his children and wives, but the affection is distributed with harsh brutality and

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