Gender Roles Yurisia Uribe, Sofia Herrera, Yenifer Alvarado, and Christian Perez

PRE COLONIAL MALE ROLES (source Matthew Weymer)

-Men were allowed to abuse their women and get away with it. Women were just property for them

-Worked fields

-Go to war

-Provide for their family

"No matter how prosperous a man was, if he was unable to rule his women and his children (and especially his women) he was not really a man." (Achebe 53)

"Okonkwo ruled his household with a heavy hand. His wives, especially the youngest, lives in perpetual fear of his fiery temper, and so did his little children." (Achebe 13)


-Men USED to control almost everything in the Igbo culture (that changed).

-Not as dominant

-No longer in control of women

-Still worked on agriculture


-Women were considered weaker than men

-Endowed with qualities that make them worthy of worship

-Ability to bear children

-The dominant role for women was first to make a pure bride for an honorable man.

-Women did not have education in post colonial time

-They cook, clean, and maintain the household.

"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 to title "(Achebe 13).

"His mother and sisters worked hard enough, but they grew women’s crops, like coco-yams, beans and cassava. Yam, the king of crops, was a man’s crop. " (Achebe 22-23)


-Women can actually have roles now

-They can get more educated than before

-Men couldn't beat them anymore

-Men and Women can be in their own hut

-Earned economic rights

-Now have freedom to talk back to their partner and come to an agreement

" Anyone seeing cheielo in ordinary life would hardest believe she was the same person who brought prophesied when the spirt of agbala was upon her" ( Achebe 49)


  • Christian Perez
  • Sofia Herrera
  • Yenifer Alvarado
  • Yurisia Uribe

Work cited page

  • Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. W. Heinemann, 1959.
  • "Gender Roles - Things Fall Apart P3." Google Sites. Web. 24 Mar. 2017.
  • Widjaja, Micheal. "" Mar. 2017.
  • Things fall apart


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