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Things Fall Apart: Gender Roles

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Michaela Baker

on 6 April 2011

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Transcript of Things Fall Apart: Gender Roles

Well, it depends on where you are in the world In Okonkwo's village,
men are supposed to be... brave, strong, and muscular "When did you become such a shivering old woman,' Okonkow asked himself, 'you, who are known in all the nine villages for your valor in war? How can a man who has killed five men in battle fall to pieces because he has added a boy to their number, Okonkow, you have become a woman indeed." (65) men are also supposed to provide for their family- if not, they are considered a failure "When Unoka died he had taken no title at all/he was a failure. Any wonder then that his son Okonkso was ahsamed of him?/ He was a coward, and could not bear the sight of blood." (6-8) They have to have power Men cannot show any emotion...
only anger When Okonkwo starts to show emotion after
Ikemefuna is killed, he says: Is it better to be born as a... Male or Female? What are the different stereotypes of men and women? Women in Okonkwo's
village are supposed to be innocent the ones who cook, and clean But it's not like that just in Okonkwo's
society.. Many places expierence
different stereotypes against men and women For example, Disney has many stereotypes against men and women As for women, some
stereotypes in disney are... Okonkwo says that his father was a failure because he
did not have these traits... They need a title "Okonkwo was popularly called the 'Roaring Flame.' He was a flaming fire. then how could he have begotten a son like Nwoye, degenerate and effeminate? Perhaps he was not his son./ He, Okonkwo, was called a flaming fire. How could he have betgotten a woman for a son? At Nwoye's age Okonkwo had already become famous throughout Unofia for his wrestling and his fearlessness." (152) In one of the village ceremonies, The book talks about how women are treated in the Ibo culture: "These women never saw the inside of the hut. No woman ever did. They scrubbed and painted the outside walls under the supervision of men. If they imagined what was inside, they kept their imagination to themselves. Now woman ever asked questions about the most powerful and the most secret cult in the clan." (88) tolerant not taken seriously excluded Even though women do not have a lot of power in the tribe,
Okonkwo was still sent to his motherland, and not his fatherland,
when he was in exile- The mother is supreme "Your mother is there to protect you. She is buried there. And that is why we say that mother is supreme. It is right that you, Okonkwo, should bring to your mother a heavy face and refuse to be comforted? Be careful or you may displease the dead." (134) haha nurturing express all emotions all the time Also, when Okonkwo realises that he has mourned, he states: "Okonkwo was deeply grieved. And it was not just a personal grief. He mourned for the clan, which he saw breaking up and falling apart, and he mourned for the warlike men of Umuofia, who had so unaccountably become soft like women." (183) “The greatest obstacle in Umuofia,” Okonkwo thought bitterly, “is that coward, Egonwanne. His sweet tongue can change fire into cold ash. When he speaks he moves our men to impotence. If they had ignored his womanish wisdom five days ago, we would not have come to this.” (200) In conclusion, in Okonkwo's society it is better to be born a male Also, many other places besides Okonkwo's tribe has different stereotypes against women The End
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