Themes In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

analytical Essay
562 words
562 words

Things fall Apart
In the book “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe certain themes are present in the the

novel. Themes like Good and Evil, customs and tradition, and the one I picked Alienation and

Lonliness. The story begins with the main character Okonwko who is the son of Unoka, a lazy

sensitive guy, he has grown up to be very different than his own father. Okonwko is manly,

strong, and is competitive opposed to anyone who is weak.The main problem with Okonwko is

how badly he treats his family.

Okonwko uses violence to get his point across. For example, when Okonwko beats his

wife Ekwefi after she did nothing wrong was completely uncalled for. Okonwko has no concern

for the people he beats up and the people he hurts. He …show more content…

Women are just expected

to prepare food and just be at their husband’s sides at all times. It not only frustrates me

personally, but millions of woman all over the world. In Iraq woman are required to wear long

black cloaks and headdresses to cover themselves up. It's not only extremely unfair but they have

to wear it all the time. Woman should never be treated less than men and it's annoying that

woman are discriminated against. Honestly, I can speak for millions by saying that it's unfair and

totally sexist. In the novel “Things Fall Apart” Okonokwa is very sexist and feels the need to

beat all of the woman he is married to. The woman in his life are subjected to cooking, cleaning,

and raising the children. Okonkwo’s wives don't do much about the abuse they receive and it's

aggravating. Almost to the point where only one wife speaks up after she is beaten during the

Week of Peace.

“A gender role is a set of societal norms dictating what types of behaviors are generally

considered acceptable, appropriate or desirable for a person based on their actual or perceived

sex”. Why is this okay? Who decides what we as woman can wear, say, and do? We can

In this essay, the author

  • Explains gender roles are set of societal norms dictating behaviors.
  • Analyzes how chinua achebe's "things fall apart" features themes like good and evil, customs and tradition, and alienation and lonliness.
  • Analyzes how okonkwo beats his wife ekwefi for doing nothing wrong. he is careless and a profound believer in gender roles.
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