For instance, women painted the the compound of the egwugwu (Achebe 84). Furthermore, the first wife of a man in the Ibo society is paid some respect. This deference is illustrated by the palm wine ceremony at Nwakibie's obi . Anasi, Nwakibie's first wife, had not yet arrived and "the others [other wives] could not drink before her" (Achebe 22). The importance of woman's role appears when Okonkwo is exiled to his motherland.
In the story “Things Fall Apart”, Okonkwo is a character who is recognized as a successful wrestler, and a strong leader in the village Umuofia. Okonkwo is exiled to his mother’s village called Mbanta for seven years for killing Ezeudu’s sixteen-year-old son. Okonkwo finds out that his son Nwoye has joined Christianity and takes exception to it. Okonkwo beats Nwoye because he joins Christianity because he still hasn’t forgiven Okonkwo for killing Ikemefuna. Okonkwo has a response to the collision of his culture.
They are considered the husband’s property in the Ibo society. A woman’s only purpose is to bear sons and to bring honor to their husband, by the amount of wives he had. A man’s honor was based on how many wives and children he had. “There was a wealthy man in Okonkwo’s village who had three huge barns, nine wives, and thirty children” (Achebe 18). Women also have to be submissive to their husband and allow him to treat her as if she is property.
Okonkwo was very passionate about this and lived by these gender roles. Gender matters to Okonkwo because the Ibo tribe has strict gender roles, he wants to be seen as a superior leader in the tribe, and he cares about his reputation in the tribe. The tribe of Ibo is a very gender specified culture. The Ibo people have very strict rules for their women to follow, while the men are given more liberty. In this tribe the women and men each have their own designated jobs.
His main character, Okonkwo, is a wealthy Igbo member who struggles with the missionaries’ arrival to Umuofia. The missionaries threatened the Igbo tribe to convert to Christianity, causing confusion and anger towards to the westerners for their lack of knowledge
The missionaries declare, “Ulu who is a false god can eat one yam the living God who owns the whole world should be entitled to eat more than one”. (AOG: 215-216) It is evident in the novel when Igbo people accepted the white man’s religion. it marks the change in the religious identity. The alien indigenous gods were replaces by the change invented by the missionaries. Ezeulu’s power in the beginning to instruct the harvesting had lost its magic at the end subsequently his religious identity and ambition to maintain the Igbo tradition to celebrate the New Year.
Thus, the act of imperialism was done and the result was a civilization and people changed forever. The title of the book Things fall apart alluded to the theme of imperialism and related to the key events of the fall of Igbo Civilization, Okonkwo’s banishment and his cowardly suicide. Like in the poem The Second Coming when all civilization collapsed prior to the second coming of Christ, all of Igbo civilization collapsed when the British missionaries
She is simply fulfilling God’s will by marrying multiple times. This interpretation aligns “The Wife of Bath” with Church expectations that married couples produce children, as God commands. Another biblical reference can be found on line 52 of the tale referring to the writings of St. Jerome, one of the most prolific writers in the Christian tradition. In the text, the Wife states, “For thanne th ' apostle seith that I am free to wedde, a Goddes half, where it liketh me. He seith that to be wedded is no synne; Bet is to be wedded than to brynne” (Chaucer).
Things Fall Apart (Changes in Okonkwo) The book “Things fall apart”, takes place in a African village called the Igbo clan. The igbo clan have many beliefs, and rituals, which they choose to stand by. They also contain roles in their village to determine he or she’s ranking. This is established by what they own or have accomplished in their lifetime. All is going well in the clan until the village starts to undergo in many tragedies.
A sense of identity is often acquired and developed by everyone as they mature, but it is always changing as the culture changes. The novel, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, follows the development of several characters in response to a cultural shock caused by the Westernization of the Ibo tribe in Nigeria. The protagonist of the book, Okonkwo, is a strong, diligent leader and supercilious warrior of the tribe who obsessed over his masculine image. However, Okonkwo’s eldest son, Nwoye, tries to shadow and please his father, but ultimately fails for he has a soft side. Especially when it comes to religion, Nwoye’s believes, morals, and interests often diverse from his fathers.