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The system of the Ibo in Things Fall Apart is based on polygamy and the masculinity of the male being tied to how many wives he can garner and how well he can support them and provide for his wives and their children. Generally marriages are arranged in some way though there is also clearly room for some influence of the parties involved in the process.
Family ties are extended to include the extended family and they are all expected to try and support each other when necessary, particularly if one family or family group has been successful and others are in need of help in the form of food or work that needs to be done.
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