His father was seen as a disappointment in the village that he was even named agbala which means woman or a man with no title. Also, men had to fulfil their roles by earning respect and success by doing manly things. For instance, Okonkwo had to battle The Cat before he earned such respect in the village. For this reason, most of his actions in the novel was impacted by his fear that people might think of him as weak and womanly, if he does not prove otherwise. For example, when Ikemefuna is sentenced to death, rather than letting the will of the gods be carried out, he feels the need to prove his is strong and masculine and kills the boy.
Secondly, gender roles are seen in the novel where the author speaks about Okonkwo’s life growing up.
“His mother and sisters have worked hard enough, but they grew women’s crop, like coco-yams, beans, and cassava. Yam, the king of crops, was a man’s crop” (Achebe, 28).
This quote shows that even the crops in Igbo society is gender specific. The men grew the bigger crops like coco-yam and cassava, while the women were not capable of growing such big