Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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Patriarchal societies are constructed based on men power and domination. However, being in this kind of societies may allow many troubles to arise. Igbo society is a hierarchical as well as a patriarchal society and being a man with wealth and power is considered important. Furthermore, being a man in the Igbo society with no title and money is considered vey shameful and for that reason the person will be considered not a man but a woman. This is exactly what is happening with Okonkwo’s father; he was not considered a man and was called agbala which means woman in the Igbo language, as well as a man with no title, “Even as a little boy he had resented his father’s failure and weakness, and even now he still remembers how he had suffered when a playmate had told him that his father was agbala. …show more content…
Okonkow’s father was not a respected man because he did not have money and was in dept for so many people, he was also known to be lazy, and not a hardworking man, for this reason he was being called a woman, and had no title. The fact that Okonkwo’s father was an unsuccessful man, made Okonkwo hate everything his father used to do, such as being lazy, not working, and sleeping for a long time. This caused Okonkwo to be challenged to act more manly, and work harder than anyone, so he can prove that he is a man and not like his father. This flashback that Okonkwo gets makes him act tougher, as well as working harder. This is why men are challenged to prove their powers and abilities because otherwise they will get insulted and get to be called women. Moreover, working hard is very important in order to get a title and be a wealthy and a respected man among the people in the Igbo