What is the role of women in Things Fall Apart? What place do they occupy hierarchically?

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kwoo1213 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The answer is a complicated one.  Women were treated as possessions.  Men dominated African society and women were supposed to be subservient to them.  Women were frequently raped and beaten.  They were expected to know their place and if they tried to move outside of that "place," they suffered the consequences.  Here is a very useful link about Achebe's approach to the roles of women in this novel:

http://www.uga.edu/~womanist/1995/mezu.html