Gender Stereotypes In Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

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In the world today there are many gender stereotypes that people are almost expected to fulfill. Girls are friends with girls, and boys are friends with boys. Many parents may have certain expectations that their kids must follow. In some cultures women have jobs that are only meant for women to do and men have certain jobs that are specifically meant for men. The novel is taking place in Umuofia, a clan in Nigeria in the late 1950’s. Where gender plays a prominent role in society, the society is based around the gender stereotypes of the clan. In Things Fall Apart Chinua Achebe uses the role of gender to convey his message about the way the clan is run in Umuofia and what ideas are accepted through marriage customs, traditional events of the Ibo culture, and the way that the family household is run.
One way gender is conveyed throughout Things Fall Apart is shown through family, the way the family is run and by whom it is run by. Throughout the story Okonkwo runs the household in a strict manner, constantly yelling at his children to act a certain way, controlling their lives and actions. “‘Sit like a woman!’ Okonkwo shouted at her” (Achebe, 43) “‘Do what you are told woman.’ Okonkwo thundered and stammered” (14) This is a prime example of Okonkwo controlling the actions of his daughter. “Okonkwo ruled his household with a heavy hand. His wives, especially the youngest the youngest, lived in perpetual fear of his fiery temper, and so did his children.” (13)

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