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Explain how Ikemefuna used as a foil to help make clear the essence of Nwoye A foil is literally a sheet of bright metal that is placed under a piece of jewellery to increase its brilliance In literature by extension the term is applied to any person or sometimes thing that through strong contrast underscores or enhances the distinctive characteristics of another The first 47 pages set up two character foils Unoka for Okonkwo and Ikemefuna for Nwoye Focusing on the latter it can be said that Ikemefuna as a foil for Nwoye contrasts Ikemefunas abilities liveliness and manliness with Nwoyes lack of talent introversion and weakness in order to bring out the plight of Okonkwos biological son Nwoyes lack of abilities is highlighted by Ikemefunas strong skills one of which is wisdom Ikemefunas knowledge is admired by not only Okonkwo however from Nwoye as well Okonkwos son Nwoye who was two years younger became quite inseparable from him because he seemed to know everything Nwoye enjoyed how Ikemefuna knew many folk tales much about birds and clever tricks on the nature of survival However Ikemefunas intelligence gave more attention to Okonkwo of how much more he has to grow I am worried about Nwoye A bowl of pounded yams can throw him in a wrestling match His two younger brothers are more promising my children do not resemble me It is clear to the reader that Okonkwo is more aware of Nwoyes feeble-mindedness as he expressed those feelings to his friend after the death of Ikemefuna when he is in Okonkwos thoughts more than ever Therefore though Nwoyes abilities are not too strong it is only after being differentiated to Nwoye when the contrast is clearly shown Nwoyes laziness is emphasized further when Ikemefunas extroverted and lively traits are embraced in the family Though Nwoyes nature is not outgoing as a reader we do not see how reserved he is until
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