The way women were viewed has changed, from being close to slaved by their spouses, to working and demanding alongside them. According to the Ibo culture in Things Fall Apart, women didn’t and couldn’t have the high status they hold today, there were obedient, wouldn’t speak for themselves and followed every order their husband command. Therefore were just taken for granted in the village. “In those days a good woman was basically seen as a wife and mother who spoke when she was spoken to, brought up the children and maintained the “home front.”” (1). Today's modern society in Nigeria had changed for many women, not a huge change, but big enough that the women had more freedom and rights. “Women still have fewer legal rights than men.” (4). Women aren’t as liberated as you think, but they no longer have to answer to anybody but themselves. The values and needs of women has been incorporated into the society and will continue to upgrade throughout a large number of
Everything, or at least almost everything in the Ibo society revolves around genders and their part to the society. Gender equality is equal valuing of the different roles assumed by men and women.(Okokwo 5579) This demonstrates that women are treated differently from men, and expected to do femin...
One of the central themes that Achebe developed in his book “Things Fall Apart” is the contrast between feminine and masculine in the African tribes, more specifically Umofia. In the Ibo culture the gender difference plays an important role in Umofian people’s daily life, and has become one of the centric themes of Achebe’s book. This masculinity vs femininity theme has developed through novels protagonist, Okonkwo, by explaining his different reactions toward folktales, sports, and farming.
In society, people have varying opinions on fate. Many question whether life’s events are pre-determined by fate or whether people have a destiny to serve a greater purpose. Fate versus free will is an archaic topic among philosophers that is ultimately up for interpretation.The question on whether or not something else is controlling life’s events or if they are simply a coincidence faces us in some point of our lives. In Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare plays with the idea of fate and its control on the events in the play. He forces us to realize the destiny between Romeo and Juliet involves the fate between the two opposing households as well. Shakespeare blurs the line between fate and free will in his play Romeo and Juliet to show that the outstanding cause of Romeo and Juliet’s tragedy was not something decided- it was fate. It is evident by the events in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet that fate was the main cause of the tragedy in the play, and that Romeo and Juliet held the destiny to finally end the feud between the Capulets and the Montagues.
The world in Chinua Achedes novel, Things Fall Apart, was a society in which males had control of everything, and the women had control of nothing. As wives, women were seen as property, rather than as partners to be loved and cherished. The men of the Ibo tribe usually married more than one wife because the more wives, yams, barns, and titles each Ibo man held, the more successful he was considered. These possessions determined a man's social status. An example of a man looking for social status in these ways was Nwakibie, "who had three huge barns, nine wives and thirty children, and the highest but one title which a man could take in the clan"(18). The men controlled the children and women by treating them like slaves. Their only role in the man's life was to help him achieve a higher stature by working for him. The Ibo tribe's definition of family was much different than it was in many other parts of the world in the eighteen-hundreds.
Chinua Achebe analyzes a culture he is not accustomed with. The Madwoman in the attic theory comes into play as a westerner writing about “savage Africa”. Things Fall Apart provides an important understanding of Africana identity and history for those in the West who may be unfamiliar with African culture. Achebe tackles female identity within this book with delicacy keeping with the Ibo view of female nature in the background of the story but the forefront of the reader’s mind. A discussion of womanhood must touch upon manhood because they operate as a complementary, opposing, and equal entity.
her heavily.” (p. 29). Despite the beatings, Achebe shows that the Ibo women have valuable parts in the
“A man belongs to his fatherland when things are good and life is sweet. But when there is sorrow and bitterness he finds refuge in his motherland. Your mother is there to protect you. . . . And that is why we say that mother is supreme” (p.134). In Achebe’s 1959 “Things Fall Apart”, female figures appear to have minor domesticated roles; however with these words Achebe calls attention to female strength within the tribe. Feminine power is recognized within the tribe, and fear of this power provides the foundation for the male obsession with displays of masculinity. Achebe highlights significant female goddesses, displays a solid feminine role in education, fully develops strong-minded female characters, and demonstrates masculine catastrophes, therefore establishes female as the stronger gender in the tribe.
Free will or fate, and whether one has control of their destiny is a question that has been asked continuously throughout history. Authors, playwrights and more recently, film directors have played a large part in provoking the public to ponder the difference between chance and fate. Readers or viewers are often left wondering if the outcome of the story would have occurred whether the circumstance had been different or not. In the time of the late 16th Century, William Shakespeare was a prominent playwright and the aspect of fate played a significant role in many of his stories.
In Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, the theme of perceived masculinity is prominent and portrayed as a critical characteristic which has the potential to shape clans, families, and the safety of others. Because of the emphasis placed on masculinity, women are widely disregarded and downplayed, as they are seen as property. In African culture men are revered due to their warrior-like natures that can uphold the functionality of a clan, but frowned upon when deemed as weak; the result of this fear of weakness led to the dominance of men over women.
Nevertheless, the ideology that working in a sophisticated work environment is not a woman’s place dates back to the old days. In the novel Things Fall Apart by Achebe, a woman’s job was to attend to the household needs, care for the children and husband. The men, in this particular culture were seen as protectors and worriers. They were the hegemonic force in the home, which meant women had to abide by their instructions. In the novel, the protagonist Okonkwo owned many wives. He viewed his wives as properties and treated them like properties. Achebe states, “Okonkwo ruled his household with heavy hands. All of his wives, especially the youngest lived in perpetual fear” (8). There are many moments in history that reflects Okonkwo’s and his tribe’s views on a woman’s place in society. Obviously, we are still discussing the same views in today’s society in the form of discrimination in the
In the book, “Things Fall Apart”, women are portrayed in a negative way. They are abused, hard labor workers and treated in a bad manner. The women are seen worthless in this book but in many other situations the women are actually portrayed in a positive way. They still possess significant roles, such as householders, educators of the children, caretakers of crops, and also playing important rules in religion. In the book Women are seen as caregivers in the Igbo society, they give power to men, and are powerful in religion. Women are portrayed in many powerful ways in the Igbo society.
“It lies not in our power to love, or hate, for will in us is over-rul'd by fate.” In William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, it is clear that the leading theme is fate, as it is mentioned several times. Shakespeare allows the audience to see everything that happens “behind closed doors.” While some characters’ actions did affect the outcome of the play, fate is the ruling force.
Fate is a hidden, but unavoidable force that leads to certain consequences in people’s lives. The theme of fate plays a crucial role in the main characters of the play, Romeo and Juliet, by William Shakespeare. Romeo and Juliet share a destiny that dooms them to tragic deaths immediately after the exchange of their zealous love. Despite their resolute attempts to challenge their destiny, the lovers still succumb to the inexorable powers of fate. In the Shakespearean play, Romeo and Juliet, the principle of fate propels the lovers together with infatuation, tears them apart through a bitter demise, yet, ensures peace in Verona for many future generations.
Diverse from other African authors of his time, Chinua Achebe, the “father of African Literature”, reconstructions the stigma surrounding traditional African tribes through his ground-breaking novel Things Fall Apart. Set in southern eastern Nigeria, the novel depicts village life through the eyes of Igbo clan members prior to colonization. This fresh take on perspective allows readers to view and examine the variety of individuals that mold Igbo life through the story of a village leader, Okonkwo. Contrasting other authors of his time, Achebe takes great measures to illustrate the varied substantial roles of not only men, but women in his novel Things Fall Apart. The contributions accompanied by pivotal roles in Igbo society are displayed