As I was reading Things Fall Apart, I couldn’t help but notice the many struggles that the Ibo women face.  Women obviously face violence and institutionalized sexism.  They are lumped with children, and their existence as adults is completely denied.  However, the conversation between Ekwefi and her friend about children dying in the village on page forty- eight forced me to realize other, more subtle struggles women face.  Furthermore, the mothers in this village witness their daughters married away to men who pay the right price and sons beaten and forced into social roles that leave them insecure and disconnected from their emotions.  It occured to me that these women must have a huge amount of strength, albeit unrecognized. 

-Melvyna-

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