Gender Roles In Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

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In the book by Chinua Achebe called Things Fall Apart (1959) gender roles are clearly defined by the cultural traditions. Religion is also an important aspect in this society where the characters worshiped various gods and goddesses, and this was challenging and a clash of cultures with the arrival of the Christian missionaries. With moments of anger, rage, murder, and domestic violence makes this story one of a character having father psychological and masculinity issues. There are various times when a son has such dislike for his father and believes his father is less than masculine for being labeled as lazy, wasteful and died with great debt was the greatest motivational force for wanting to be better than the father, “Okonkwo was ruled by one passion – to hate everything that his father Unoka had loved. One of those things was gentleness and another was…show more content…
The main character’s anger would ultimately lead to his exile and suicide. This book’s sexism is where a female is less than a male and should be subservient in every way. It was also an acceptable practice to beat one’s wives if they failed at certain tasks, such as having a meal prepared when the male was ready to eat, “Okonkwo was provoked to justifiable anger by his youngest wife…did not return early enough to cook the afternoon meal” (Achebe, 1959, p. 29). As well as resenting a daughter for not being born male, “If Ezinma had been a boy I would have been happier” (Achebe, 1959, p. 66). The exception to the subservient female is when a female is in the position of priestess. This position is held in high regard and would make even the most aggressive male submit to the will of her power. Oracles are consulted for a variety of reasons from requesting of blessings for a good crop to political reasons such as

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