A Feminist Analysis Of Chinua Achebe's Novel "Things Fall Apart"

Muhammad Zaid
Prof. Hafiz Javed Ur Rehman
23 August 2013

A FEMINIST ANALYSIS OF CHINUA ACHEBE'S NOVEL "THINGS FALL APART"

Understanding the role of women in Chinua Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart requires an attentive reading. Although at first glance, women in things fall apart can be viewed as oppressed, but there are many aspects of the novel that reveal women powerful as well as important for Igbo society. One can acknowledge their typical hardships that they face, such as, beating, subservience, and oppression, but in this article it would be focus more on the power that they actually have and what they are giving to their society. For example, in the Ibo village, women play ...

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that in some ways was greater than that of men. Also, it is mentioned that the "earth goddess" was in fact a woman, referred to as ani. She was said to play "a greater part in the life of the people than any other deity. She was the ultimate judge of morality and conduct". (Things Fall Apart 37)
Women in Things Fall Apart are the primary educators of children. Through storytelling and other forms of discourse, they educate and socialize the children, inspiring in them intellectual curiosity about social values [HYPERLINK: http://www.123helpme.com/search.asp?text=social+values], relationships, and the human condition. The stories the women tell also develop the artistic consciousness of the children, in addition to entertaining them. The women bear children, cook and take care of the household in many other ways. Through their labor, they are an important pillar of the society.
The education process is done in part through the ritual of storytelling. The narrator describes, ...

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is that ekwefi has been debilitated by life's harsh circumstances. However, instead of continuing to lament her adversity, ekwefi devotes her time and energy to the one child who does live, and finds solace in her relationship with her daughter.
In this novel Achebe is criticizing Okonkwo's anti feminist ideas. Okonkwo is shown a strong and powerful man, just theoretically not practically. Once he took the gun to frighten his wife but it was clear that he never killed a rat with it. He was a man of words rather than action. He used to threaten his wives through his gun and a reader gets a negative impact of his manly hood through his actions. "He had an old rusty gun made by a clever ...

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