Theme Of Sexism In Things Fall Apart

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Register to read the introduction… The women are silent, voiceless and invisible, waiting for the commands of their masters. Decisions are made by men, as evidenced by their dominating behavior in the wife abuse trial conducted by the elders. What's more, some would argue that even Achebe's authorial voice employed in the novel seems to condone the questionable behavior of Okonkwo when he abuses his wife (39). Some readers in addition question Achebe's silence when women are ordered about (44) or treated as …show more content…
To the extent that Achebe fails to do so, he may well leave himself open to charges of sexism. Further, I tend to disagree as well with Nnaemeka's view of Anthills of the Savannah. Nnaemeka rejects the most common view of Beatrice, that which is represented above by Opara and Bicknell: that Beatrice is a strongly feminist character who indicates Achebe's growing sympathy for feminist issues. To my mind, Nnaemeka's problem is not in actuality with Beatrice, but with feminism itself.

Moreover, I disagree with Nnaemeka's view of the women characters in Things Fall Apart. Nnaemeka's tendency is to see strength in those characters most often viewed by other critics as both weak and oppressed. To do so is to ignore the oppression, not to celebrate the valor of the victims.

In sum, for me, there is a progression in Achebe's depiction of women that can be seen by comparing Things Fall Apart with Anthills of the Savannah?--a progression that reflects Achebe's growing sensitivity to women's issues, an attempt to move his female characters from voicelessness to

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