Quite understandably, both Okonkwo and Nwoye reacted to Ikemefuna’s death with feelings of heartbreak and devastation. It was an event that would set lifelong changes into motion for both of them.
Thanks to his status in the community, Okonkwo had been appointed Ikemefuna’s guardian. Later, the Oracle demanded that Ikemefuna was to be a sacrifice, and Okonkwo, who needs to avoid appearing weak at all cost, kills the boy himself. It is abundantly clear from the book that Okonkwo had become fonder of Ikemefuna than of his own children, so the action of taking the boy’s life was obviously devastating to him.
Nwoye (who later changed his name to Isaac) was one of Okonkwo’s sons, born to his first wife. He had shared a close, brotherly relationship with Ikemefuna, and the two had spent many an evening sitting in Okonkwo’s hut listening to Okonkwo tell stories of violence and adventure. In Okonkwo’s mind, it had been thanks to their closeness that Nwoye had become tougher and less...
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