Some comparisons exist between the father, Okeke, and son, Nnaemeka. Both consider themselves Christian. This discussion arises when Okeke has found a good Christian woman for his son. However, Nnaemeka has already found his own Christian woman who is a school teacher from the town of Lagos. Okeke is outraged that his son would marry for love rather than follow his father's wishes even though they both profess they are Christian.
The similarity between the two stop at the above. Their differences are the cause of the conflict in the story. Nnaemeka marries for love, and he is considered an outcast by his stubborn father. Keep in mind that a generation gap exists between the father and son. So, "For eight years, Okeke would have nothing to do with his son." Nnaemeka tries to gain his father's acceptance, writing letters and sending pictures in an attempt to communicate. His character forgives his father for his unwillingness to accept his wife. However, at the end of the story, Okeke finds it in his heart to accept his son's family upon learning of his grandchildren. Okeke is remorseful and opens his heart after all.