Things Fall Apart Essay - Masculinity What defines a man Is...

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Masculinity What defines a man? Is it age? Is it strength? In Things Fall Apart , Chinua Achebe suggests that becoming a man is attaining to masculine chores, is a skilled fighter, and a man who respects traditions. These traits are a necessity in a community because not doing so signifies weakness and threatens the future and strength of the community. Achebe believes that part of becoming a man is taking care of the masculine tasks needed to be done. These chores were done by the man in the compound because the women could not handle the physical capability. “Nothing pleased Nwoye now more than to be sent for by his mother or another of his father’s wives to do one of those difficult and masculine tasks in the home, like splitting wood, or pounding food.” (Achebe 52). Nwoye does these tasks to seek approval from his father. By doing this, Nwoye believes that Okonkwo will accept him. Besides doing outdoor tasks, the men of Umuofia also see to being a court system. There were nine men who represented the gods; these men were known as the egwugwu.
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