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Marriage is a Private Affair By Chinua Achebe The Chinua Achebe theme can be echoed around the world Religious customs can practice the ritual of prearranged marriages like the wedding that Emekas father had planned for him in a letter written to his son It can also incite cultural differences towards other tribes or clans Nene wasnt an Ibo so in Emekas fathers view she was from the wrong side of town For eight years Emekas father disowned his son believing he was in the grips of Satan Age wearing him down and a letter hed received from Nene informing him of two grandsons he agonized over the guilt of closing the door on them It seemed the old man might choose to have a relationship with the children and do what many grandparents who want to go to heaven do spoil the grandkids and not uphold them to the same set of standards they held their own children to In conclusion I feel the theme of this storys main focus is on marriage religion and family tradition Emekas father was too focused on religion and time honored tradition to understand his sons feelings or the consequences of having grandchildren that he would might never know In my opinion Achebe teaches us to realize that love can conquer all and in the end prevail over outside religious influences We also learn that religious beliefs are better served when married couples compromise on them at a personal level
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