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Marriage Is A Private Affair

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Ana Araúz

on 30 October 2013

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Transcript of Marriage Is A Private Affair

Nene and Nnaemeka are talking about their marriage
Nnaemeka says to his father that he would no marry Ugoye because he is in love with Nene
His father gets angry and he cuts off comunication with him.
Nnaemeka returns to Lagos and the news of his marriage spreads
Nnaemeka sends a picture of his wedding to his father and he sends it back but with Nene's face cut off
Okeke would have nothing to do with his son for eight years
Nene writes to Okeke telling him that his grandsons wanted to meet his grandfather and for please letting them know him
Okeke thinks about his grandsons and agrees
Plot Structure
Literary Elements
Nnaemeka: Igbo man, who was deeply in love with Nene

Nene: Girl born in Lagos, Nnaemeka's wife, teacher

Okeke: Nnameka's father, strict man but sensible and very conservative

Marriage Is a Private Affair
November 16 1930
Igbo village of Ogidi
Author, professor and critic
Began to write in English at age eight
University of Ibadan
Things Fall Apart (1958)
During Nigeria's civil war (1960s), he worked for the cause of the sucessionists Biafrans
The 1990s began with tragedy: Achebe was in a car accident in Nigeria
Bard College, New York City
Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island
Died on March 21, 2013, at the age of 82, in Boston, Massachusetts.
Dedicate himself to redefine Africa. He wanted to tell Africans true story, their achievements and failures.
Chinua Achebe
Okeke does not approve his sons marriage and he decides to cut off communication with his son.
Rising Action
Nnaemeka goes to talk to his father and he explains that he wants to get marry with Nene.
Falling Action
Nene writes to Okeke asking him to please accept Nnaemeka and their sons in his house in order for them to meet him.
Nigeria, people that speak different language cannot get marry
Nene's room at 16 Kasanga Street, Lagos
Cassia tree
Okeke's house on Igbo
Nnaemeka and Nene's house in Lagos

Point of view
Third-person omniscient

- Nnaemeka and Nene marry even though it was not well-seen

- Okeke ignoring his family but still wanting to meet his grandsons
Man versus Society
Man versus Self
Nnaemeka and Nene, live in Nigeria and want to get marry, but because of their countries' culture this is not so simple.
Literary Devices

Irony: Marriage Is a Private Affair
Forshadowing: Nene saying that there is no reason why his father will be angry because of their marriage
Symbol: The first rain of the year
Imagery: ". . . he imagined them standing sad and forsaken, under the harsh angry weather, shut out from his house."
Parents' stubbornness on wanting to have an important place in their children marriage by having the 'right' to choose their couple
Authors' Purpose
Parents do not have to interfere with their children marriage
People that have different culture can get marry
Family bonds are very hard to break

Okeke tries to ignore Nene's petition, but he is not able to do so and he finishes accepting it.

Ugoye Nweke: Nnaemekas' fiance tall, strong, agressive woman, eldest daughter of Okeke's neighbor, she was Christian and she received all the training a wife could need

Old man (neighbor): Igbo man, who says that it has never been heard that people of different tongue marry.

Madubogwu: practical man, who suggests that Nnaemeka should go to see a native doctor

Lagos' women: they were not hostile to Nene but they treat her with deference, but at the end Nene breaks the stereotype

Nnaemeka and Nene's sons: they are perhaps, the most influential characters of the story
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