Theme Of Men And Women In Things Fall Apart

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Thus, when woman have lost these things later on in their life they feel lost. It’s as if they have nothing to live for anymore.
In, Things Fall Apart, the main character, Okonkwo, ruled his household with a very heavy hand. Being the man, Okonkwo strived to make sure his kids, as well as his wives followed his every demand. “Okonkwo ruled his household with a heavy hand. His wives, especially the youngest, lived in perpetual fear of his fiery temper, and so did his little children” (Achebe 13). In the Igbo culture, men are seen as the dominant sex, and they rule over their families. As a result women often times are subject to meet the demands of their husbands, If they fail to do so they can be beaten. “...Society often promotes violent
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The Igbo culture is centered around the idea that men are superior to women. Men are the only ones who are allowed to grow yam seeds. “His mother and sisters worked hard enough, but they grew women’s crops, like coco-yams, beans and cassava. Yam, the king of crops, was a man’s crop” (Achebe 23). Yam, is the main part of the Igbo diet. As a result, men will continue to grow this crop because it shows how they are the most important at providing the things that their families need. “There are some occupations, she suggested, which "women can 't do as well as men’” (Furness). Women in the Igbo culture also are required to take care of the children, cook, and do everything that the men demanded of them. Men on the other hand are the ones who grow the yam seeds, and provide the things their family need. This being said, women feel as if they can’t handle growing the more important crops that men grow. This causes women to again be degraded by their husbands and be seen as the weaker …show more content…
Men are seen as the superior sex in both books. Women are then treated as if they have no value and must listen to everything that men say to them. As a result women start to feel as if they have no value, except to serve their husbands and conform to the ideas that men want them to follow. The main issue with women trying to change their ways, is that if they do, they fear they will be rejected by men or the society in which they

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