In both books status is the most significant thing in their society. Okonkwo and Tom 's high ranking in their society, reveals the cultural value of status which causes them to be careless. In The Great Gatsby’ social status is an immensely significant part as it separates geographical locations in the novel but above all, portrays the mentality of citizens belonging to different social class. The characters in the n...
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...en are considered the less dominant sex, but the men seem to worship them for their capability to bear children. Traditional women in the Igbo community stays pure until marriage, and having as many children as possible. Overall, we have seen how gender plays a role in Things Fall Apart and The Great Gatsby. Although most people see Great Gatsby as this interesting love story that ends in tragedy. It is also a novel that goes through 1920’s America from a more political angle. With both books we see the significance in cultural acceptance. They give us a great insight on how similar each culture is. Each book brings out the importance of wealth and the male role. They both seem to give glory to men, while objectifying women. The readers learn that the world lives in a nutshell, we should be able to see women and lower class people as an importance to society.
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