“Do what you are told women,” Okonkwo thundered, and got very angry. “When did you become one of the ndichie of Umuofia?” (Achebe.14) This tells us that the women were very weak; they would not talk back to their husbands because they feared getting beaten. Women were treated as maids, Okonkwo’s wives had to do whatever he tells them to do. The women lived in fear; they had no freedom of speech. Okonkwo beats his wife, Ojiugo when she does not prepare dinner for him, she was plaiting her hair instead of cooking and he beat her during the weak of peace.
Yam, the king of crops, was a man’s crop (Acebe 19). In the Igbo society Yam stood for manliness because a man would feed his family on yams from one harvest to another, which was considered a very great man. It is unethical that women work as hard as men but are still not allowed to do certain task within the community. Yam is a hard crop to grow, however women was rejected from growing that crop, they were given limited jobs to cover and given easier tasks to complete. The division of labour is unequal because women were bringing coco-yam, beans and cassava to the table but men on the other hand brings just yam and was consider being the main provider.
The yams they grew acted as their main source of food, and stood as the backbone in their agriculturally rich society. When the missionaries came to Umuofia their desire to convert these people resulted in less people to work their farms and I think in the end if the story was to continue would cause a crippling problem. The social culture in Umuofia is one that is dominated by the male figure. Each family in this culture is run by the man of the house, and the women who ran it came to every beckoning call of their husbands. The woman’s tasks consisted of farming, cooking, raising the children and also the chickens they housed.
For example, his family constantly does chores around the house, but he does not because “he was sick once from working in the sun the if he ever sweats, he will die”(17). His lethargy shows when he refuses to work because he will die from a drop of sweat. That is preposterous, considering he makes his children labor and make up for his part. In addition, Dewey Dell knew Darl burned down the barn and “she hadn’t said a word, hadn’t even looked at [Darl] when them fellows told him what they wanted and that they had come to get him”(237). Darl’s family wanted him gone because if he were taken away as an insane man, then Anse would not have to pay for the barn damages.
If a woman kept producing females the family would be angered and displeased with the woman making her feel inferior by threating to send her away if she does not produce a son. Subsequently the act created an imbalance of male to female ratio and soon men could not carry on the family names because they could not find mates. This brought about human trafficking. Women were kidnaped, and sold to men in other provenances they were forced to stay by the watchful eye of the entire family. The women are raped and held against their will, being required to marry men and have their children.
To many cultures the purpose of women is to be the wives and baby makers, while the purpose of men are too bring in the food and money. This principle of being the means of well bringing for a family is what determines the value of a person to society. The man has a large responsibility, by caring materially for the family, including food, shelter, and other belongings. The woman continues to produce offspring, and is mostly vulnerable through out the year, especially during pregnancy. This power difference brings about an abused amount of force enough to break the spirit of another.
George takes upon the parent role to Lennie and often gets frustrated with him as many parents do with their children. When George loses his temper he is often insensitive of Lennie’s disability, and often reminds him how much better his life would be if he were not apart of it. For example, in chapter one of the novel Lennie repeatedly asks for ketchup with his beans and George gets mad, “Well, we ain’t got any. Whatever we ain’t got, that’s what you want. God a’mighty, if I was alone I could live so easy..” (George pg.
Women deal with things that men can’t even experience like giving birth, periods, or menopause. Not only are the biological factors bad enough, women are also degraded and stereotyped as weak and incapable of being able to hold their own. Women are put through a great deal of anguish and the world seems to be oblivious to this. Since the early colonies men have been in complete control of everything surrounding them. Women to them were nothing more than either a wife or birth giver.
Everyone since that moment depended on them more as a source for food. Since higher authority figures live off the work that peasants performed, without them the community itself would be lost on how to provide for themselves. Since the peasants acquired the special skill given to grow crops, those in higher power took advantage increasing their demands. Given that the demands of labor by higher power were stupendously high and inconsiderate, the peasants rebelled arguing their grievances and hoping their aspirations to be met. During these revolts there were many peasants rebelling against the corrupted feudal system and the corruption within the Church.
Woman take care of the children and the home while the men are protectors and providors of the family. In other ways we are the total opposite of the Umofian society; we don’t tolerate domestic abuse like they do. Unlike us the society of Eumofia is heavily differentiated by gender, woman can have only one husband while a man can have numerous wives. We see very strict gender roles in the Umofian society of Things Fall