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Running Head: WOMEN AND MEN ROLES, THE CHANGES FROM THINGS FALL 1 Women and Men Roles, The Changes from Things Fall Apart to Now Emily Cocking Eng130 – Introduction to Literature Colorado State University – Global Campus Dr. M January 20, 2019
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WOMEN AND MEN ROLES, THE CHANGES FROM THINGS FALL 2 Women and Men Roles, The Changes from Things Fall Apart to Now There are several societies that have beliefs stemming from ancient religion such as Roman Catholicism in The Phillipines and in Rome. In Achebe’s Things Fall Apart (1982), life in Umofia and within the Ibo Culture is much different to as we experience it today in America. Polytheism, believing in more than one god, gender roles, the behavior by a person that is associated with their specific gender, and family structure, the organization and pattern of family members, are customs that look completely different from the novel, Things Fall Apart to now in America. Polytheism Polytheism is defined by the Oxford Dictionary as “the belief in or worship of more than one god” (2017). Religion in Things Fall Apart is based on the ideas and beliefs in more than one god, centered around nature. Religion has been passed down from generation to generation in the novel and although Christianity was present, the majority of the Ibo people were not willing to change their religion to Christianity. They chose to stick to their belief in more than one God. This made the village strong in their ancestral ties and their values. The clan was very content with their way of life and they had no desire to change when the missionaries believed that Christianity was the only right religion. Chi, believed to be an individual’s personal god which was determined by this individuals good fortune or bad fortune was the god that was responsible for the events that happened in the life of the individual. Achebe states, “Unoka was an ill-fated man. He had bad Chi or personal god, and evil fortune followed him to his grave, or rather to his death, for he had no grave” (Achebe, 2010, p. 18). The earth goddess and the source of all fertility, Ani played a major role in the lives of the Umofia clan in the novel including the
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