Masculinity and male relationship: Things Fall Apart, Who Will Stop The Dark

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Masculinity and Male Relationships Masculinity can be defined as a set of qualities or characteristics that is found generally in men, although some women may acquire this trait in certain conditions. Some qualities that attribute to masculinity are strength, boldness, wisdom, honor, and courage. The traits of masculinity are often passed down from father to son, but in some cases fathers may not possess this trait and the son will either acquire it on his own or from another paternal figure. Two literary works that portray the theme of masculinity is “Things Fall Apart”, a novel by Chinua Achebe, and “Who Will Stop the Dark” a short story by Charles Mungoshi. Achebe uses the theme of masculinity to describe Okonkwo’s characteristics and …show more content…
Now he is no longer my son or your brother. I will only have a son who is a man, who will hold his head up among my people”5. Okonkwo believes that Nwoye lost his masculinity after he converted. Okonkwo also disowns him after his actions and does not consider Nwoye part of his family.
Charles Mungoshi uses the theme of masculinity to describe the relationship of Zakeo and his grandfather Sekuru. In Zakeo’s household the mother possesses more masculinity trait than the father. The father’s role as a masculine figure was shattered when had a paralyzing accident. After the accident the mother seemed to take up the role of the father. In one example we can see the mother having more masculine trait than the father. The father was saying, “A man’s back is the man. Once his back is broken…” only to be interrupted by the look of the mothers eyes6.
Zakeo seeks the characteristics of a masculine boy through his grandfather Sekuru. Since Zakeo’s father cant provide the father figure to him, Sekuru was the main father figure to Zakeo. In the story Sekuru says, “We were born hunters, stayed hunters all our life and most of us died hunters” and then goes on to say “they become tillers of land and some weavers of bamboo basket”7. The grandfather explained how men in his days were hunters but those who didn’t hunt were farmers and basket weavers. This also shows that masculinity is associated with hunting. Zakeo assumes that Sekuru was implying that

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