Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart Gender Stereotype And The Difference Between Men And Women

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In Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart gender stereotype and the difference between men and women, and also how women are treated compared to men, are presented very boldly throughout the whole novel. Showing these stereotypes and maybe certain rights that were provided for one gender and not the other is important when it comes to understanding the novel more because it shows how things were in villages like Umuofia during the time (but mostly before) when Christian missionaries and white men had taken over, and showing it through these stereotypes might have been Achebe’s goal in showing the difference between the two genders during this time period. In chapter two it says, “Even as a little boy he had resented his father’s failure and weakness, and even now he still remembered how he had suffered when a playmate had told him that his father was agbala. That was how Okonkwo first came to know that agbala was not only another name for a woman, it could also mean a man who had taken no title.” This quote in the novel shows the gender stereotype of women because; Okonkwo’s friend had compared his father to a woman because he was a weak failure. This connects to the fact that Okonkwo is known for hating being thought of as weak or as a failure because he would hate to be given the description that a woman should have. Because the stereotype of a woman is that she is fragile and weak and men often have to do their hard work for them, which leads people to think that…

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