Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

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Compare and contrast the role of strength and gender in Things Fall Apart.

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It would be useful to consider this excellent question by focusing on the character of Okonkwo. It is important to note that his character is built around a crucial paradox. He is famed for his manly strength and attributes in a culture that despises any form of weakness in men. Thus he strives and pushes himself to become as manly as possible, and despises any show of sentimentality of emotion. This leads him, for example, to participate in the death of his adopted son, Ikemefuna , even when he was advised not to. He joined in the murder, fearing...

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