very masculine man who has much faith in the quality of ‘manliness’. Gender is important to the character
of Okonkwo because he uses women to make them feel smaller, so him and men appear stronger.
Him and many men use the term women as an insult as a term for weakness. Okonkwo needs gender
so he can feel masculine.
The majority of the time Okonkwo wives were scared of him . It says that “Okonkwo ruled his
household with a heavy hand. His wives, especially the youngest, lived in perpetual fear of his fiery
temper …” ( Achebe, Chinua ; ch 2). Having this gender role that women were weak and men were
strong surely made Okonkwo feel powerful. Him and his men would treat women as their servants and …show more content…
You get to see an example of that in Things Fall Apart chapter two , when Okonkwo
brought a young virgin girl with a fifteen year old boy and it was immediately decided she would go
replace Ogbuefi’s murdered wife. As for the boy no one was in a hurry to decide his fate. You can see
the discrimination that went on between gender and how Okonkwo used it to his power.
There was another term for woman, it was agabala. Agabala did not just stand for women it also
meant a man with no title , in chapter two of things fall apart by Chinua Achebe it talks about Okonkwo
relating that term to his father. Okonkwo hated everything his father had loved and it says how one of the
things would be gentleness. Maybe thats why he thought woman as weak. He often used woman as a
term. For example, when he saw laziness in his son he refereed to him as woman like and would beat him in a form to correct him. On the other hand with his daughter Enzima he sees more strength in her and
believes she would be happier a boy and should've been born a boy. Okonkwo might be hurt inside by his
father but his ego keeps it locked