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My Mother My Friend In Chinua Achebes novel Things Fall Apart Ekwefi and Ezinma have a unique two-dimensional relationship as motherdaughter and as motherfriend When Ezinma comes down with a high fever Ekwefi is immediately at her only daughters side to aid her Ezinma was an only child and the center of her mothers world 76 Since Ezinma is the only child in her family she does not have to compete with siblings She receives undivided attention and love Ekwefi dearly loves her only daughter Ezinma and they have a special motherdaughter relationship Ekwefi is Ezinmas play buddy At times Ekwefi spoils Ezinma and lets her eat such delicacies as eggs Ekwefi lets Ezinma address her in a way that only a friend would address Ekwefi let alone her own daughter Ezinma did not call her mother Nne like all children She called her by her name Ekwefi as her father and other grownup people did The relationship between them was not only that of mother and child There was something in it like the companionship of equals 76-77 Ezinma not calling her mother Nne shows us that Ezinma and Ekwefis relationship is different than other childmother relationships in their village Ekwefi and Ezinma are closer Their relationship goes beyond the natural family boundary that will always exist between them They are more than just mother and daughter They are great friends When Ezinma and Ekwefi spend time together their time is spent as mother and daughter but also as friends Ekwefi and Ezinma exhibit the ultimate example of a unique two-dimensional relationship
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