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TFA Day 05. Warm-Up. Today is Day 15, 9/23 If you had to move to a new country and could only bring six things with you, what would you take? Why?. Sex vs. Gender. Sex = biological manifestations of maleness and femaleness
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Warm-Up • Today is Day 15, 9/23 • If you had to move to a new country and could only bring six things with you, what would you take? Why?
Sex vs. Gender • Sex = biological manifestations of maleness and femaleness • Gender = cultural and social role expectations, customs, and functions
Gender in Igbo Society • Crops— • Yams are for male cultivation; boys must be educated in how to prepare seed yams; women are responsible for other crops Stories—Folktales are for women and children; Okonkwo thinks men should tell stories of war and triumphs. • Marriage—Men are dominant; women are submissive. • • Limitations—Only men are allowed to go to the egwugwu house; • women must avoid it.
Gender in Igbo Society • • Work—The types of work are determined by gender. • • Crimes—Even crimes are categorized by gender. Okonkwo’s killing of Ezeudu’s sixteen-year-old son is considered a female crime • because it was unintentional; a deliberate murder would be a male crime. • • Terms—A man who is seen as soft or who has taken no title is called a woman (agbala).
Review Questions • 1) why does Okonkwo seem particularly aware of gender during these chapters? What irony do you see in the situation? • 2) Why does Okonkwo go to his mother’s village, Mbanta? • 3) How is he received by his relatives there? • 4) What does this say about the importance of family among the Igbo? • 5) What happened to Okonkwo’s home in Umuofia? • 6) Why is his life destroyed because of an accidental death?
Etiquette Guide • You are going to write an etiquette guide for a female 19th century visitor to Igboland. Include at least 10 “Do’s” or “Don’ts” in your guide.
Foreshadowing - Obierka • 1) What is “foreshadowing?” • 2) Why does Obierika come? • 3) What does this action tell you about Obierika? • 4) What news does he bring? • 5) What is a symbol? Earlier, the book described locusts overwhelming Umuofia. These locusts can be viewed symbolically; what do you suppose they might represent?
Psychic Reading • Video • Hypothesize what the coming of then whites and the destruction of Abame may foreshadow. How will Umuofia change as a result. How will Okonkwo react when he returns? • We are going to imagine that Okonkwo consults a psychic; write out their dialogue.