Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart Essays

1015 Words Jun 12th, 2016 5 Pages
In the book Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, the Ibo people from Umuofia based their lives on their beliefs and culture. The Ibo culture mainly evolved around the men, making them superior to the women in every possible aspect. Women are made to seem unimportant in the Ibo culture. The Ibo culture associates women to weakness, handled as objects, and given no power. Throughout, the book Chinua wrote, he set many examples in which women were treated as inferior to men. The main character of the book which is Okonkwo, feared his whole life of becoming like his father, Unoka. This is so because in the Ibo culture a man had to have power, multiple women and fortune. On the contrary women couldn’t have anything that eventually would allow them to obtain power. Okonkwo’s father was associated to being an Agbala. An agbala meant women, or as Okonkwo’s father was seen to be, an unsuccessful man with no title. “...when a playmate had told him that his father was agbala….One of those was gentleness and another was idleness.”(page 13) Clearly it is seen that the culture in which Okonkwo was raised in associated everything gentle and weak to the way women were. Women in the Ibo culture as well couldn’t hold a title. That’s why when a man had no title the rest didn’t associate with them and once again called them a women “ Without looking up…. That was why he had called him a women.” (page 26). The women had to follow the ways the men ran their household for if they did otherwise…

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