The Role of Women in the Ibo Culture

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The Role of Women in the Ibo Culture The culture in which 'Things Fall Apart' is centered around is one where patriarchal testosterone is supreme and oppresses all females into a nothingness. They are to be seen and not heard, farming, caring for animals, raising children, carrying foo-foo, pots of water, and kola. The role of women in the Ibo culture was mostly domestic. The men saw them as material possessions and thought of them as a source of children and as cooks. As a man made his way in life by farming yams, he needed a strong workforce. This workforce included his wives and children. A man would have many wives. The more wives and children a man had, the more honor and respect he received. If a man had dishonored himself in the eyes of the other men belonging to the tribe by acting in a cowardly way or by being lazy, they called him a woman for insult. A man was to rule the household with a heavy hand. Okonkwo's wives and children lived in fear of his quick temper (13). When his youngest wife was not home in time to cook him lunch one...
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