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Women in the Ibo Society In Things Fall Apart the Ibo women were perceived as being weak They received little or no respect in the Ibo society and were harshly abused Perhaps tradition and religion established their role in this type of society In the story Okonkwo had three wives He mandated them around as though they were animals They never questioned what they were told and were required to be loyal The reader sees this at the beginning of the story when Okonkwo brings the young man into his home Okonkwo tells his first wife that Ikemefuna belongs to the family and she is presumed to look after him like a son Ekwefi questioned her husband about Ikemefunas stay Okonkwo went into a rage and then questions her Do what you are told woman When did you become one of the ndichie of Umuofia Achebe 14 This example illustrates that the Ibo women did not receive respect One more way to look at the respect towards woman was the comparison to that of weak man Okonkwo hated anything feeble or fragile His classification of his clan and the members of his family show that in this type of society anything strong was linked to man and anything weak to woman His motivation towards success was his fathers weaknesses He could never be a loafer and be so woman-like Because Nwoye reminds Okonkwo of his father he feels that Nwoye is womanly especially after his conversion to Christianity Okonkwo thought about he was a flaming fire How then could he have begotten a son like Nwoye degenerate and effeminate Achebe 153 Rodriguez 2 Another aspect of Ibo women was the treatment they received They were very familiar with the harsh treatment that were enforced by their husbands Okonkwo beat his youngest wife one day because she was not in time to fix his dinner Despite that his other two
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