What is a personality trait that both Okeke and Nnaemeka share?

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Besides being tenacious, both Okeke and Nnaemeka are also cautious and conscientious individuals.

For example, when Nene suggests that Nnaemeka write his father a letter announcing their engagement, the latter balks. He warns Nene that a letter won't achieve the intended effect. Instead, conveying their happy news in such a...

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Besides being tenacious, both Okeke and Nnaemeka are also cautious and conscientious individuals.

For example, when Nene suggests that Nnaemeka write his father a letter announcing their engagement, the latter balks. He warns Nene that a letter won't achieve the intended effect. Instead, conveying their happy news in such a way will shock Okeke. Nnaemeka insists that the older man will react negatively to being given an important announcement in this way.

For his part, Nnaemeka decides to pay his father a visit. During their interaction, he broaches the subject of marriage delicately. In fact, Nnaemeka begins by asking forgiveness. He presents a humble demeanor and speaks respectfully. Despite his attitude, Okeke refuses to accept Nnaemeka's choice of a wife.

Note that Okeke spent much time in deciding upon a potential mate for his son. He thoroughly vetted Ugoye Nweke and interviewed those who had interactions with her. Okeke left nothing to chance. In his mind, the choice of a wife was a crucial factor in determining a man's happiness. However, Okeke used different criteria in selecting such a wife. He was conscientious in his approach, but his intractable nature led to division between him and Nnaemeka.

As for Nnaemeka, his cautious nature is second only to his own iron will. He marries Nene, and this results in the newlyweds becoming estranged from Okeke. The story ends on an interesting note, with Okeke contemplating how his harsh behavior may have affected his grandsons.

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Nnaemeka and his father are both determined individuals throughout the short story. Nnaemeka understands the significance of his decision to choose his own wife by purposely rejecting the Ibo tradition. He also understands the consequences attached to marrying Nene. Nnaemeka knows that his father will be upset. Despite the fact that Nnaemeka risks losing his relationship with his father, he is determined to marry the love his life regardless of Okeke's reaction. Upon learning that Nnaemeka has already chosen a wife, Okeke shuns him by refusing to have a relationship with his son. Although he loves Nnaemeka, Okeke takes an uncompromising stance towards his son's decision to marry Nene. Okeke does not have anything to do with his son for eight years. His determination to reject Nnaemeka does not waiver until he reads Nene's letter describing his grandsons. Both Okeke and Nnaemeka are determined individuals who accept the consequences of their actions.

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