What are some differences and similarities between Nwoye and Okonkwo?

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Okonkwo and his son Nwoye have very few similarities, and they are all superficial. We could say that their similarities include being part of the same family, tribe, and village. The only other similarity the two share is that they both form a bond with Ikemefuna when he lives with the family. Ikemefuna is basically a hostage, turned over to Okonkwo's tribe after losing a battle to Umuofia. The boy lives with Okonkwo's family for three years, so naturally, he becomes like a son to Okonkwo and a brother to Nwoye. Both grow fond of their young hostage. The narrator says that "Ikemefuna called [Okonkwo] father" (28) and "he and Nwoye had become so deeply attached to each other" that Nwoye's inherent sadness begins to fade (34). Okonkwo actually begins to approve of Nwoye, a son with whom he has had a fraught relationship:

Okonwko was inwardly pleased at his son's development, and he know it was due to Ikemefuna. He wanted Nwoye to grow into a tough young man capable of ruling his father's...

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