Gender Roles in Things Fall Apart Ana Rivera

Gender Roles play a big role in our community because usually it's where the man goes out and makes the money while the lady stays home and makes food, cleans and takes care of their kids. Men don't do those "women duties" because they need to feel as if they need to be strong and show less of their personal feelings.

Relating to "Things Fall Apart" gender roles is HUGE ! In chapter 4, page 28 It says," Okonkwo never showed any emotion openly, unless it be the emotion of anger." that comes to show that during this time period men don't or more just of Okonkwo like to show their emotions more because he wants to be the opposite of his father which he was kind hearted.

On page 38 it says "Okonkwo's second wife had merely cut a few leaves off it to wrap some food, and she said so. Without further argument Okonkwo gave her a sound beating and left her and her only daughter weeping." That comes to show that he would find any reason to beat his wife just because he has a lot of power.

In Nigeria today women still have very little rights and little influence in society. Women are only seen as objects other than individuals. I did my research and what popped up was that according to Nigeria's Penal Code, men have the right to to physically criticize their wives, as long as they don't leave a permanent mark.

Fayemi-Adeleye Bisi "Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Culture in Nigeria." Ann Arbor, 1994,, Accessed 23 March, 2017

In-text: ("Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Culture in Nigeria.")

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Before the colonialism came to nigeria they already had contact with the Europeans. Europeans moved into the land of the Igbo people.

Post Colonialism

Economic conditions changed by an economic crisis with prices like raw materials and cash crops. This was during the period of the Great Depression when everything was declining.

In-text: 2017 American Historical Association,

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