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In the novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe there are some dominant explanations of the roles of women in pre-colonial Africa Women also have heavy influence in the society of the Ibo Okonkwo the main character has deep seeded issues about being so macho that there is nothing effeminate about him The drive and determination that directs his lifestyle are based in his fear of weakness and failure which the society associates with femininity Women are also portrayed as having some strong leadership values respected in various roles and as comforters Okonkwo has a strong opinion about his father and the way his father goes through life He had no patience with unsuccessful men He had had no patience with his father Achebe 4 He suffered when a playmate had told him the his father was agbala Achebe 13 Agbala meant woman or a man who had no titles The Ibo classified their terms as masculine and feminine and agbala was a feminine term used to describe a certain type of man Okonkwos life force was rooted in the fact that he hated everything that his father loved All that his father had loved and his fathers lifestyle were ultimately described as feminine Social comparisons with weakness failure and unsuccessfulness to femininity suggest that women are weak and inferior Okonkwos determination to be macho results in his failure It also makes him devoid of gentleness and compassion that results in the failed relationship with his son whom he also likens to his father Women were not only associated with negativity in the Ibo societyWomen played major roles in the Ibo society Many men had more than one wife Their first wife was the ruler of the women in the family structure When Okonkwo visited Nwakibie a man who held the highest titles at the time he ceremoniously greeted him with a display of sharing a Kola nut and with wine When it was time
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