FEMALE ANTAGONISM AGAINST MALE: A REVERSAL OF THE STEREOTYPE IN OFOMATA’S‘IHEỌJỌỌGBAAAFỌ’

Juliet Okide Ujubonu (PhD)

Abstract


Aggression is a natural and common human experience that results from varying causes and manifests in different degrees. Traditionally, men are acknowledged as the main sources of aggression against women, and consequently, writers and researchers have concentrated on male aggression against women, with inadequate attention paid to female aggression against men which is no less common in contemporary times. As a result of this silence on the latter case, the present study examines the issue of female aggression against male in the family. This is with a view to identifying the causes, types, and effects of aggression perpetrated among married parties in the home. Ofomata’s novel, Iheojoogbaaafo was purposively chosen due to its thematic concern with domestic violence. The sociological Control Theory was used as guide in the study. The result of the textual analysis reveals that, violence was instigated by the wife Nkemdilim against her husband Ikenna as a result of feelings of inadequacy on the part of the wife. The wife, Nkemdilim used violence as a strategy to control the home, and she exploited different types of abuse, as follows: physical abuse, seen in biting, pushing, shoving; emotional abuse characterized by negative verbal expressions such as name calling and curses; psychological abuse seen in threats to the life of her husband, his friends, relations, and herself; social abuse exemplified in isolating her husband from his friends, family and social network. The cumulative effect of the abuses and violence was the collapse of the home; the husband took solace in drinking, and eventually resorted to divorce. The analysis shows that women are as capable as men to initiate violence in the home. The study posits that, irrespective of the source of abuse or violence in the family, it is not beneficial to all parties. It is recommended that if the sexes should play their natural roles in the family, acts of aggression will be considerably reduced in the domestic scene.


Keywords


Female Antagonism, Reversal, Stereotype, Ofomata, Iheojoogbaaafo.

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