Read the passage from “Marriage Is a Private Affair” by
How does Okeke’s change in attitude challenge the
Then one day he received a letter from Nene, and in
spite of himself he began to glance through it
perfunctorily until all of a sudden the expression on his
face changed and he began to read more carefully.
. Our two sons, from the day they learnt that
they have a grandfather, have insisted on being
taken to him. I find it impossible to tell them that
you will not see them. I implore you to allow
Nnaemeka to bring them home for a short time
during his leave next month. I shall remain here in
The old man at once felt the resolution he had built up
over so many years falling in. He was telling himself
that he must not give in. He tried to steel his heart
against all emotional appeals. It was a re-enactment of
How does Okeke’s change in attitude challenge the patriarchy?
Okeke has no desire to see his grandsons because
they come from a marriage he did not approve.
o Okeke is insulted and disturbed that Nene has sent
him such a rude letter
O Okeke wants to see his grandsons even though they
are not the product of a traditional arranged
O Okeke is surprised that his son and daughter-in-law
have refused to let him see his grandsons.