Achebe has said, “I want to sort of scream that Things Fall Apart is on the side of women…And that Okonkwo is paying the penalty for his treatment of women; that all his problems, all the things he did wrong, can be seen as offenses against the feminine.” What are Okonkwo’s offenses against women? Do you agree that his downfall was brought on by his attitude toward manliness?

And how does the treatment of women in this Novel compare and/or contrast to Sholeh Wolpe’s poem or Marquez’s short story?