Things Fall Apart Male Dominance Analysis

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The Origins of Male Dominance
Throughout thousands of years, many different societies have formed and flourished with men and women holding equal roles in the advancement of society. However, in virtually every society to date, men have considered themselves superior to women. This idea exists as one of the most expressive and common aspects of human culture. Masculinity takes on the dominant characteristic during the early twentieth century in the tribes of the lower Niger, the setting of Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. In the novel, women hold the more submissive role in society, often succumbing to severe physical abuse and lack of respect from their authoritarian husbands (Achebe 29-30). Okonkwo, the protagonist of the story, becomes motivated through his father’s failures, seen as weak and womanly. These values of male dominance in varying magnitudes remain prevalent through almost every known
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