The Importance Of Male And Female Roles In The Grapes Of Wrath And Things Fall Apart

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The importance of female and male roles, is that they can define behaviors or values. Meaning during this time of The Grapes of Wrath and Things Fall Apart, women are expected to do all house work or stay home. While males, go to work and provide for the families. In Things Fall Apart, and The Grapes of Wrath the female and male roles are very present. In Things Fall Apart, when Okonkwo inherited Ikemefuna from another tribe then Okonkwo had to play the role of being a father to Ikemefuna. Which means, he had to provide a lot more considering he just inherited another child. In The Grapes of Wrath, Tom Joad comes back from serving time in jail and his family lost land because of “Job- Eliminating Tractors.” When he comes back to find his family, Tom finds out that they are planning a trip in search of jobs. In this part of the book, it doesn’t mention any females considering to get a job or to look for one. Male and female roles aren’t only gender roles, they can mean many things such as the way you act or the actions you commit. While reading The Grapes of Wrath and Things Fall Apart, I noticed that women are expected to stay home, while men provide for families. The Grapes of Wrath was written in the 1930’s during the Great Depression, women didn’t exactly get to have a say in things or be in charge of the head in the family. The woman relies on the man, and the man is the head of the family however in the Joad family the man/father is rather a figurehead than
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