Things Fall Apart Essay

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Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart portrays Africa, especially the Igbo society, during the pre- and post-European imperial era. This novel is about the tragic fall of Okonkwo, the protagonist, and the Igbo culture. Okonkwo is a strong and highly respected leader in the Igbo community of Umuofia. Things Fall Apart examines the demolition of African culture by the appearance of the white man in terms of the destruction of the connections between individuals and their society. Achebe also explains the role of women in this pre-colonial Nigerian community. The position of women in the novel is not respected or honored because they are not treated equally to men; they are overlooked, beat, and oppressed.
To begin, the position of women in the
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Men in Umuofia were able to beat their wives without any punishment whatsoever. In fact, they didn’t even have to explain their reasons for striking the woman. Those are some of the consequences that occur for women in failing to fulfil their husband. For example, Okonkwo got very angry when his third wife, Ojiugo, when she didn’t come home fast enough to prepare him a meal. Okonkwo then begins to beat her even though it is the sacred week. It says: “He walked back to his obi to await Ojiugo’s return. And when she returned he beat her very heavily. In his anger he had forgotten that it was the Week of Peace. His first two wives ran out in great alarm pleading with him that it was the sacred week. But Okonkwo was not the man to stop beating somebody half-way through, not even for fear of a goddess.”(Achebe 29-30) During the Week of Peace The week of peace is the week right before the yams are planted every year. During this week, no one is allowed even so much as a harsh word. Everyone is supposed to be completely peaceful with everyone else. This is done to honor the earth goddess, so that she 'll bless the crops and the village will have a good harvest.where violence cannot happen at all, and it is also an offense to the earth goddess, Ani.
The position of women in the novel is not respected or honored because women are oppressed in a way. Women were not able to vote, own property, or get a proper education. It was made so that the women

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