The strengths of a woman: binding force of a nation

Freed he tried again. Speaking to his clansmen, but when he was ordered to stop, he killed the head messenger with the blow from his machete. He then hanged himself.
Okonkwo and his kinsmen from his ” Fatherland” treated women as property. Society, their clan, saw women as being replaceable, objects depicting wealth and stature, bargaining tools, and lower in stature than men.
Women were replaceable in that when the wife of Ogbuefi Udo was killed by another tribe, they asked a girl replacement to be given to Udo (12). They no longer fought for the injustice of the death of a kinsman. When a replacement was given, all was well and appeased. Okonkwo had three wives and was a man with the title while the highest title in the clan was held by Nwakibie who had nine wives (18). Okonkwo wanted to attain the same wealth and prestige. The woman, therefore, is also counted as part of a man’s wealth. The more wives he has, the wealthier he was (14). Women were also bargaining tools in terms of obtaining wealth in the form of the ” bride price” (73); and, in terms of prestige and title. Okonkwo even asked his daughters not to marry and wait until their return to Umuofia hoping that rich or men with the title would court his daughters (173). Truly, women were considered lower than men. In a gathering at the house of Nwakibie women were only able to drink the wine after all the men had drunk twice as much (20).
In their homes, women were mere keepers of their house, child-bearers, and servants to their husbands (13). They are not allowed to question the actions of their husband. They should merely follow, as when Nwoye was told by Okonkwo to take charge of Ikemefuna (14). The woman has to do the bidding of the husband (133); or, suffer being beaten (36).
The brave warriors of Okonkwo’s Fatherland in the latter part of the story all went his own way after the white man has brought in religion and a government. In the words of Obierika, ” we have fallen apart.”(176)