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Women in Umuofian Society It is the woman whose child has been eaten by a witch who best knows the evils of witchcraft That simple saying can best relate to the experience of women in the Umuofian society A person cannot truly hope to understand how things work unless he or she was there to experience it And that can apply to learning a new language a new culture or learning history The perspective given from the book Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe states the way of life without any favoritism towards any particular way of life Achebe just affirmed that lifestyle as a native would void of any outside influences In this case the male narration focuses not only of the tragedy of Okonkwo but also how the people around are affected and how in turn the culture affects him Women seem to play a minor role in everyday life but their function in the community is just as important as that of the men The main role that was given to women was that they belonged in the home and for the most part they were to bee seen and not heard Their influence and authority do not exist much in that culture especially for the wives of Okonkwo A main character in the novel Okonkwo has several wives Okonkwo presided over all of his wives and children with a heavy hand When Ikemefuna comes to live in Okonkwos household the first wife questions the length of the boys stay In reply he answers Do what you are told woman Okonkwo thundered and stammered When did you become one of the ndichie of Umuofia Pg 14 In these two sentences Okonkwo not only manages to put his first spouse into her small niche of housewife but also makes a reference to the village elders He is suggesting that she was trying to more knowledgeable than she should be
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