Things Fall Apart: Roles, Responsibilities, And Treatment Of Women



Throughout the world, from the beginning of time to today, women have been thought of as inferior, men's possessions and only there to serve man's every need. As far back as the nomadic civilizations, women were considered the nurtures and homemakers. They were supposed to stay home, take of the children and cook all of the family's meals. Today women, in some places, are still not treated as equals and have little if any rights. As well as having unequal rights, women have been treated harshly. They have been beaten, raped, taken advantage of and harassed. Many authors have written novels about or incorporating the arbitrary treatment of women. As time passed women began to gain rights ...

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They Ibo believe that men are strong and determined while women are weak in all aspects of life mind and body. They brand crimes and deaths as either masculine or feminine. Murder and beating are considered masculine and accidental crimes, stealing, or other misdemeanor crimes are named feminine. Ikemefuna was brought into the forest to be killed by Okonkwo and another man. Okonkwo had been acting as Ikemefuna's father, since he was separated from his tribe, and turned away when the other man swung the machete at Ikemefuna. The boy, still alive came running at Okonkwo screaming, "My father, they have killed me!" Okonkwo did not want to be considered weak so he drew his machete and finished off Ikemefuna. After returning home Okonkwo felt very distraught and did not eat for two days. He had already finished the work to be done that week, leaving him time to relax. "When did you become a shivering old woman," Okonkwo asked himself (as he sat there), "you, who are known in all the ...

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the women in his novel, Things Fall Apart, roles similar to those of women, throughout the world at that time but most importantly similar to women in Pre-Colonial Nigeria, where this book takes place. The positions of women in Pre-Colonial Nigeria, varied with each tribe. "Women held a basically complementary, rather than subordinate, positions to men in indigenous pre-colonial Nigerian society, which based power on seniority rather than gender." In Things Fall Apart though, gender was a more significant factor in determining one's responsibilities but seniority does play a small, factor. They usually had domestically oriented jobs and complimentary positions to men. Ibo women in ...

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