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In Things Fall Apart the Ibo women were perceived as being weak Theyreceived little or no respect in the Ibo society and were harshly abused Perhaps traditionand religion established their role in this type of society In the story Okonkwo had threewives He mandated them around as though they were animals They never questionedwhat they were told and were required to be loyal The reader sees this at the beginning ofthe story when Okonkwo brings the young man into his home Okonkwo tells his firstwife that Ikemefuna belongs to the family and she is presumed to look after him like a sonEkwefi questioned her husband about Ikemefunas stay Okonkwo went into a rage andthen questions her Do what you are told woman When did you become one of thendichie of Umuofia Achebe 14 This example illustrates that the Ibo women did notOne more way to look at the respect towards woman was the comparison to thatof weak man Okonkwo hated anything feeble or fragile His classification of his clan andthe members of his family show that in this type of society anything strong was linked toman and anything weak to woman His motivation towards success was his fathersweaknesses He could never be a loafer and be so woman-like Because Nwoye remindsOkonkwo of his father he feels that Nwoye is womanly especially after his conversion toChristianity Okonkwo thought about he was a flaming fire How then could he havebegotten a son like Nwoye degenerate and effeminate Achebe 153Another aspect of Ibo women was the treatment they received They were veryfamiliar with the harsh treatment that were enforced by their husbands Okonkwo beat hisyoungest wife one day because she was not in time to fix his dinner Despite that his othertwo wives try to reason with him Okonkwo kept going until he was pleased The onlysanction that he was charged with was not the beating of his wife but beating someoneduring the Week of Peace
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