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    women were treated as inferiors in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe helps the reader to understand Ibo society and men’s accepted superiority within the society. In Things Fall Apart, women’s role in Ibo society is crucial to the society, understanding it and grasping the men’s behavior as the superior sex. The preconceived idea that women are weak, the women’s responsibilities and the women being treated as objects will help the reader to make sense of the gender complications within this…

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    Chinua Achebe reveals the faults within the Ibo society in his novel, Things Fall Apart. The Ibo community is located in Southern Nigeria with “low-lying deltas and riverbank areas [that] are heavily inundated during the rainy season, and are very fertile” (Countries and Their Cultures 1). Okonkwo, the main protagonist in the novel, is obsessed with many things, but specifically the growing of his yams. The reader later discovers that the number of yams a man grows reflects their rank in the…

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    Igbo Culture

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    In Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe explores the complex social structure of Ibo culture. Taking place in Nigeria during the turn of the eighteenth century, Achebe shows how women were both revered and oppressed. Women were held in high esteem through worship, connection to god, and societal customs. Yet Ibo women suffered under power structures and gender roles. The most revered gods of the Ibo culture were women. As a sign of respect, the Ibo celebrated “[t]he Feast of the New…

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    Tradition, values, and different perspectives of the things around us are affected by the environment in which you grow up in as well as impacting how the person feels, sees, and thinks about different aspects of our world. Humans take what they see and hear, then eventually become immune to it and develop some kind of a stereotype. Achebe, Reyes, and Bloomekatz . All show how the peers around you influence your life and beliefs. In “ Things Fall Apart” written by chinua achebe, the reader is…

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    Be a Man Chinua Achebe’s novel, Things Fall Apart, has many themes that are shown throughout the progression of the book. Some of those major themes are religion, language, tradition versus change, and fate versus free will. They all play their part in the main character, Okonkwo’s journey of life. The white man changes everything he knew and this wrecks his world. He does not adapt to change as quickly as others in the tribe and his exile allowed for much change in the tribe. This is a very…

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    In the book, “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe, Culture and the role of customs is a huge factor affecting the story. As Wendell Pierce says, “Culture is the intersection of people and life itself. It’s how we deal with life, love, death, birth, disappointment… All of that is expressed in culture.” That quote does a fantastic job of explaining what culture means to the Igbo clan. It directly affected every single member of the culture every single day of their life. They had some practices…

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    Igbo Gender Roles

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    To commence, in Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, the village of Umuofia is conceived by a particular Igbo culture. This focuses on how the Igbo society exchanges many rituals and customs within their environment. Not just that, but this novel was written in the 1950’s, which considers to be post-colonial. The women are considered to be a main target when something devastating occurs within the Igbo tribe, but also women intend to have positive attributes. It’s primary gender role speculates…

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    Okonkwo Gender Roles

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    In the Novel Things Fall Apart gender plays a large role in how its characters are viewed as and how they act. A character that you see this affecting him in various ways is Okonkwo. In Igbo life revolves around structured gender roles, and women are perceived as the weaker sex. For Okonkwo this is what his traits are based off. Masculinity. He associates masculinity with aggression and feels that anger is the only emotion that he should display. For this reason, he frequently beats his wives,…

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    of palpable, inveterate anger. On one side of the morality spectrum, the majority of the general oppressors feel triumphant due to the numerous resources acquired or by how the power structure is established. Additionally, Invisible Man and Things Fall Apart demonstrate personal accounts of oppression that indicate the unhappiness of those who feel controlled by the intruding outside presence. However, this negative concept can be from an inside presence as well. Oppression sums up all the…

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    Things fall apart by Chinua Achebe is an African novel. It occurs in the 1890s and gives a glimpse of life during that time period pertaining to the noticeable differences between the European’s and the traditional customs of the Umuofian people. This novel encompasses their history, family structure, the introduction of outsiders influences, gender roles, rapid changes, customs and timeless struggles. The invasion of the colonial European government is threating to contest and disrupt nearly…

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