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Nwoye likes to listen to folktales told by his mother. He secretly prefers them to the bloody war stories told by Okonkwo.
When Ikemefuna comes to live with the family, Nwoye becomes intimate friends with him and thinks of him an older brother. As a result of their friendship, Nwoye begins taking on masculine tasks he normally would not perform in an attempt to emulate Ikemefuna. Okonkwo approves of this change in Nwoye.
When Okonkwo returns from the group murder of Ikemefuna, Nwoye immediately knows what happened. Nwoye feels a snapping inside him that he has only felt once before. We learn that Nwoye felt the same kind of grief when he heard abandoned twins crying in the Evil Forest.
Much later in Mbanta, Nwoye is hypnotized by the sound and story of the missionaries’ song. He is compelled to convert to Christianity against the expressed wishes of his father.
After his conversion, Nwoye prepares to go to missionary school in Umuru. As he probably predicted would happen, he is disowned by his enraged father.