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Things Fall Apart All parents subconsciously want the best for their children but not all parents express this common desire in the same way Conflicts often times arise when what a parent wants for their child does not match what the child wants for themselves Okonkwos relationship with his son Nwoye in Chinua Achebes Things Fall Apart is a perfect example of this Okonkwo tries to raise Nwoye so that he will be strong masculine and most importantly a hard worker basically just like himself Unfortunately Nwoye turns out to be lazy feeble and somewhat feminine Okonkwos way of dealing with this was to be very strict and harsh similar to the way the white men treated the natives to Nwoye because thats what he thought would be the best way to change him into a better man This led to the development of the conflict between Okonkwo and Nwoye western culture v native culture Nwoye wishes that he could be exactly like his father wanted so he could gain the approval of him but he knows that he never will because he realizes that he is different than his father This idea that we are all different from each other is one of the key messages in the novel and it is also one of the reasons why Chinua Achebe wrote the novel in the first place only Achebes message is on a much larger scale than just a father-son relationship Achebe wrote this novel in order to show the western world that Africa has its own distinct culture and heritage and he uses the conflict between Okonkwo and Nwoye to symbolize the real life conflict of the western worlds culture Okonkwo and African culture Nwoye
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