After reading at least a few books from the past, you’ll notice that female characters are treated badly. For example, they can be used as slaves, uncared by their spouses, allowed to do only household things, and so on. Pay attention to such famous stories as The Shroud, Things Fall Apart, The Unwanted, and a fee others because they tell readers that women are weak and men are strong in different life aspects.
Their authors want to show people how women are valued only for their services, including cleaning, cooking, and others, but the main problem is that they are forced to do that. The worst thing is that women are also forced into their marriages. Learn more about the literary works of Chinua Achebe because she is not only a talented author who assigns essential roles to women, but indicates that such characters are still not treated with any respect.
When it comes to female characters in Things Fall Apart, they are used only for different house chores and childbirth. Women in the tribe of Okonkwo are also seen as inferior in their bodies, lives, and minds while men are considered strong human beings who have no fears, emotions, and are always eager to kill. When Okonkwo murders Ikemefuna, he manages to come back home while feeing quite distraught because he keeps calling himself an old woman. This awkward feeling is present as he is overwhelmed with sorrow and remorse because of the death of Ikemefuna.
In this kind of society, the basic role of women is to be loyal and good housewives. This means that they are expected to look after their kids, cook meals for their husbands, and clean their houses. If they fail to complete all of these tasks, their angry spouses are allowed to beat them. In the tribe of Okonkwo, it’s allowed to beat and punish women this way, which is terrible.
Nowadays, women are still treated very badly in many places in the world, and they are not provided with the same opportunities and rights as men, but the entire situation is much better than in the past. The social position of those women who live in the third world is often described in fiction to let readers get a better insight of their everyday lives and problems that they have to face. In some countries, women are not allowed to do any work, except for cleaning and cooking, so they can’t pursue their careers and their rights are limited. You should read relevant fiction stories to understand their situation better.
After reading at least a few books from the past, you’ll notice that female characters are treated badly. For example, they can be used as slaves, uncared by their spouses, allowed to do only household things, and so on.