Gender Roles In Things Fall Apart

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Gender-roles plays a huge part in the book "Things Fall Apart" by African author, Chinua Achebe. It also is a current issue being discussed here in the 21st-century. Women are fighting for more equal rights like payments and job opportunities. There is still controversy towards how a woman and man should act and represent their gender. There is fight against gender oriented products as well like children's toys and personal hygiene products. In the book "Things Fall Apart" The gender roles are expected to be stereotypical or foul treatment is executed. And article posted to the Huffpost website on October 1, 2015, discusses a situation where a mother's son was acting too "feminine" for her liking. Four-year-old Danny was asked by his mother, Laurin Mayeno, what he would like to be for Halloween in which he replied "I want to be a princess." "I cringed inside and tried hard not to show it," Laurin told Huffpost. Her reaction to her son's answer was embarrassment and encouraged by the thought of others judging her innocent little boy and job as a mother.…show more content…
Although Okonkwo is a lot more extreme compared to Danny's mom, Laurin, the expectation of their son's behavior is similar. In the beginning of the book we see a difference in Okonkwo and his father. Because his father was a failure, Okonkwo wants to make sure he, and any male in his family, does not turn out like him. We learn that Okonkwo beats Nwoye in fear that he will turn out lazy and effeminate like his grandfather. "If you split another yam of this size, I shall break your jaw..." Okonkwo shows only aggression when it comes to emotion. As stated in the book, Okonkwo wants his son to be a great farmer and a great man, one who can hold up his head in the gathering of the

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