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Chapters 7-8

posted Oct 26, 2011 18:52:17 by zraymond@hinghamschools.com
Achebe utilizes dialogue and digressions to reveal certain aspects of the Ibo community. What does the story of Ogbuefi Ndulue and his wife, Ozoemena reveal about Ibo society, especially the role of women? What is revealed during the dialogue that takes place on 74 and 75?
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GREGG05 said Oct 26, 2011 23:49:30
The story about Ogbuefi and his wife reveals that Ibo society values loyalty in a woman. It was also strange to the men that a woman can posses such a valued trait. Achebe also reveals that women are not people, but objects in Ibo society. Women are sold as brides in Ibo culture, and the father gets to keep a profit on his daughter. Achebe even shows the men in the act of settling a bride price.
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NELLIE05 said Oct 27, 2011 01:45:28
Achebe reveals through the dialogue on page 74 and 75 that women, ideally should be treated like a cow or yams, or anything without a personality. Obierika, Okonkwo's friend trades sticks and, "in this way Akuekwe's bride-price was finally settled at twenty bags of cowries"(73). By this, it is understood that women hold very little importance and respect in Ibo society. However, the story about Ogbuefi suggests that it is possible to create a friendship with your wife rather than merely treating her like something you own. It was made clear that Ogbeufi shared everything with his wife and Okonkwo responds, "I thought he was a strong man in his youth"(68). The Ibo idea that men should remain independent of women, yet conform to society is illustrated through the story about Ogbeufi.
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MAGGIE04 said Oct 27, 2011 09:11:53
The story of Ogbuefi Nudulue and his wife reveals that in the Ibo society the women belong to the men and that they are always belong to him and are connected to him, even after death. During the dialogue on pages 74 and 75, Okonkwo, Obierika, and his brothers are discussing Obierka's daughter and her suitor, they go on to say, "In Umunuso they do not bargain at all, not even with broomsticks. The suitoe just goes on bringing bags of cowries until his in-las tell him to stop" (74). Through this, it is displayed that women are bought and bargained for. It shows the level of respect for women is small because they are treated as property rather than as someone a husband loves. Also on page 74, Okonkwo and Obierka speak of the white man's family and says, "I have even heard that in some tribes a man's children belong to the wife and her family" (74). Because the men are so astounded by hearing this, it proves that the women are simply looked at as pawns in the marriage, used to take after the husband and the husband's children.
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