Okonkwo and Ikemefuna
Okonkwo was very fond of Ikemefuna. When he joined the household it was clear that Okonkwo was taken with the boy, he raised him as a son. When Okonkwo killed the child he was greatly shaken as Chinua Achebe described, "'When did you become a shivering old woman,' Okonkwo asked himself... How can a man who has killed five men in battle fall to pieces because he has added a boy to their number?"
DEATH OF IKEMEFUNA
The death of the young boy, Ikemefuna rattled many of the greatest people of Umuofia. This touching tribute to the young man shows just how great of an impact he left on the community.
Things Fall Apart is a novel by Chinua Achebe, it was published in the 1950s and is set in Nigeria, focusing on the pre-colonialized Ibo tribe.
Ikemefuna and Nwoye
Ikemefuna and Nwoye were very close. Their bond was that of brothers, and Nwoye greatly matured under Ikemefuna's influence. “Okonkwo was inwardly pleased at his son’s development, and he knew it was due to Ikemefuna.” After the death of Ikemefuna, Nwoye found he was left with an irreplacable void.
Lasting Effect of Ikemefuna
Both Okonkwo and Nwoye were changed forever by Ikemefuna, Okonkwo was softened by his relationship with the boy. Nwoye was empowered by his guidance.
The relationship's portrayed by Chinua Achebe show that Ikemefuna changed the people who he was around. This secures the theme that relationships can alter one's character.