In this short story, “Marriage is a private affair” by Chinua Achebe. The main characters are
and his father Okeke.
is getting marry with his love, Nene. But his
father doesn’t agree it because his father thinks marriage should chosen by parents. his is a
complicated decision for Nnaemeka because he must choose between the man who raised him or the woman he loves. The tension between old and new ways of living sometimes creates conflict within families, especially between generations. It was also difficult because if he chooses his wife, then his father may never speak to him again, but if he chooses his father, then he may never experience true love ever again. I think the protagonist is Nnaemeka because he said “I have come to ask for forgiveness.” He felt apologize for his father cause he can’t just marry with a girl who he doesn’t like but his father likes and he already have a fiance. He came home to ask for forgiveness, in this point i think he is good son cause he didn’t run away and did response to his father. “I am engaged to marry another girl who has all of Ugoye ’s good qualities, and who…” He is trying to explain to his father and let him believe Nene is a good girl and he doesn’t marry a wrong wrong person. Nnaemeka nevers say any depreciate word even the girl he doesn’t like. He believes he should listen to his heart, only marry with the girl he likes. I think Okeke, who is Nnaemeka’s father is the antagonist because he stop his son marry with his love. When his son trying to introduce Nene to him, he just he doesn’t want to hear anything about this girl. “...nothing is different. What one looks for in a wife are good character and a Christian background.” Okeke said it to his son, he believe a good wife should be that. But he nevers give Nene a chance, even she is a good girl and she is Christian. “...if my son wants to ...
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