Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

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What is the role and value of women in Things Fall Apart?

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The women in Things Fall Apart often have more power than women's traditional roles in Igbo culture afford them. For example, Ekwefi, Okonkwo 's second wife, suffers beatings at his hands, but she is also outspoken and defiant at times. She tells Okonkwo that she did not kill a banana tree that he accuses her of killing, and he beats her in response and threatens to shoot her. She endures a great deal, losing nine children, and is a devoted mother to her surviving daughter, Ezinma. Ekwefi has a kind of strength that even Okonkwo's abuse cannot take away. While her role is to be a submissive wife and her value comes from...

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