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Gender Roles Things Fall Apart

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Merrin Lalonde

on 15 April 2014

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Transcript of Gender Roles Things Fall Apart

Men in Things Fall Apart
stereotypical male characteristics
Gender Roles - Things Fall Apart
Women in Things Fall Apart
stereotypical gender roles for women
gender stereotypes
characters who exemplify certain characteristics
gender-coding in Umuofia
Okonkwo sense of gender/masculinity

By: Merrin & Natascha
"She walked up to her husband and accepted the
horn from him. She went down on one knee, drank
a little and handed back the horn." (Achebe 3,20)
Ezinma breaks certain gender stereotypes
wants to do everything a boy can do
Okonkwo wishes she had been born a boy
is more aggressive like her father
understands men must do what they have to to get things done
"And after a pause she said: 'Can I bring your chair for you?' 'No, that is a boy's job.' Okonkwo was specially fond of Ezinma." (Achebe 5,59-60)
gender coding dictates women are the inferior gender
"'Sit like a woman!' Okonkwo shouted at her. Ezinma brought her two legs together and stretched them in front of her." (Achebe 5,56)
"Okonkwo ruled his household with a heavy hand. His wives, especially the youngest, lived in perpetual fear of his fiery temper..." (Achebe 2,12)
"'I will not have a son who cannot hold up his head in the gathering of the clan. I would sooner strangle him with my own hands'"(Achebe 4,33)
Nwoye does not exemplify all the male characteristics
is much more gentle than his father
does not enjoy violence/want to participate in it
leaves Umuofian culture to join the church
not aggressive in any way
"'I will not have a son who cannot hold up his head in the gathering of the clan. I would sooner strangle him with my own hands.'" (Achebe 4,33)
"...Okonkwo's first son, Nwoye, was then twelve years old but was already causing his father great anxiety for his incipient laziness. At any rate, that was how it looked to his father, and he sought to correct him by constant nagging and beating. And so Nwoye was developping into a sad-faced youth." (Achebe 2, 13)
"His mother and sisters worked hard enough, but they grew women's crops, like coco-yams, beans and cassava. Yam, the king of the crops, was a man's crop." (Achebe 3,28)
"Only a week ago a man had contradicted him at a kindred meeting which they held to discuss the next ancestral feast. Without looking at the man Okonkwo had said. 'This meeting is for men.' The man who had contradicted him had no titles. That was why he had called him a woman. Okonkwo knew how to kill a man’s spirit." (Achebe 4,1)
Thank You!
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