I need a description on Okonkwos realtionship to his wife and kids. Whats his attitude toward women?I need this answered by the 8th-9thBased on the book, Things Fall Apart by Chinua AchebeWhat...

I need a description on Okonkwos realtionship to his wife and kids. Whats his attitude toward women?

I need this answered by the 8th-9th
Based on the book, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
What differing roles do men and women have in the Igbo society? I need these compared and contrasted by the advantages and disadvantages of this social structure to how adverage Americans live in a couple (2-4) paragraphs please. 

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Igbo society is a patriarchal one - one in which the male takes precedence over the female. Hence in the social scale, Okwonko is superior to his wives. Even among the women there is a hierarchy, with the first wife taking precedence over the second and so on. However, despite this, Okwonko is fonder of his second wife than of his other wives; and fonder of his daughter by her than of his other male children. He is disappointed in his eldest male child who resembles his grandfather a little too much for Okwonko's comfort, but responds to the child from another tribe who is brought up along with his children. Thus it can be said that Okwonko's emotions are at variance with his professed beliefs and this he cannot accept. He tries to subdue his emotions which he thinks are womanish, but doesnt quite succeed. His attempts to bring his emotions in line with his thinking, causes him much distress. For instance he takes part in the murder of his adoptive child because he wants to subdue his feelings and obey the laws of his tribe; but in the process he becomes depressed and dangerously ill. If had responded to his wife and kids in a natural manner rather than according to the dictates of his culture, he would have been a happier and more balanced individual.

Okwonko is both an individualized figure and a symbolic figure. Though he comes alive in the book as a very strong individual, he stands as a symbol of the strengths and weaknesses of his tribe. He is strong; virile, hardworking and honourable. At the same time, he rigidly adheres to the norms of the tribe and is unwilling to brook any change. His unwillingness to compromise in the face of change leads to his downfall, as much as his tribe's unwillingness to compromise leads to its destruction. Compromise is seen as weakness and weakness is associated with females in this patriarchal tribe. Thus male patriachal values ultimately undermine okwonko and Igbo society

 

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