Women In Things Fall Apart

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Women in the novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe are depicted as puny, emotional objects. Whenever a man is not aggressive or being masculine enough, he is immediately accused of acting like a woman. At the starting of the novel, we learn that Unoka, Okonkwo’s father, was known for being a failure. When Okonkwo was little, “a playmate had told him that his father was agbala” (Achebe, 13). Agbala was another name for a woman, and Unoka was labeled this because he showed weakness by not being able to care of his family. Later, when Okonwo kills a clansman with his gun, he committed “the female [crime].” Even in the justice system of the Igbo people, “female” crimes are less solemn than “male” crimes (Achebe, 124). From this we can understand
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