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What is the theme of "Marriage is a Private Affair" by Chinua Achebe?

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The theme of Achebe's "Marriage is a Private Affair" is more or less summed up by the title. It is a theme of unconditional love in marriage, and how it is the business of the two parties involve to decide upon it. It teaches a moral lesson about how love is more important than tradition and standard practice.

Nnaemeka, who is the son of a father from the Ibo tribe, is very taken with a girl from another tribe named Nene, even though his own tribe traditionally arranges marriages. Nnaemeka fights his father's scorn and disapproval and decides to let love come before anything else, and he eventually builds a happy family with Nene. At the end of the story, it is proven that Nnaemeka was right to trust his love above his father's word, as his father realizes what a mistake he has made.

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One of the prominent themes Chinua Achebe explores throughout his short story "Marriage is a Private Affair" concerns the conflict between tradition and modernity as well as the importance of tolerance and...

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