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Okonkwo As A Tragic Hero In Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe

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In the novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe Okonkwo is an example of a tragic hero. Okonkwo accomplishes and succeeds in many noble and brave tasks but also has some flaws that lead to his downfall. The definition of a tragic hero according to dictionary.com is:
a great or virtuous character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for downfall, suffering, or defeat.
In the Novel, Thngs Fall Apart Okonkwo is a tragic hero in the fact that he is the protagonist, a character or superiority, he has tragic flaws, and his egoistic personality which ends up beaming his own destruction. In thte novel Achebe proves examples of Okonkwows heroic and masculine traditions. Achebe states:
"At an early age he had achieved fame as the greatest wrestler in all of the land."(Achebe 27)
Okonkwo deveopls his manly demeanor due to his father reputation. His father was a lazy man who left the earth with vast amounts of debt. Okonwow wanted to rise above his father and prove that he was not as weak as his father, his very own blood.
Achebe in the Sotry of Things Fall Apart. A mani theme in Things Fall Apart is change and learning to accept change. Okonkwow in things fall apart rejects the new political power and the new religion that has settled in his culture. Okonkwow doe not know how to accept change. He feels that if he accepts it he will lose his manliness and be of weaker status if he conforms to their belifs.
Okonkwow is the protagonist in the novel Thngs Fall Apart who is considered a tagic hero because he holds a high position of power, he decides his fate, and he retains a tragic flaw. Okonkwow’s tragic fall in which he retains is his fear of being similar to his father, weak and a failure. According to book builder, a tragic hero has theses common characteristics:
Common characteristics of a tragic hero
# Usually of noble birth
# Hamartia - a.k.a. the tragic flaw that eventually leads to his downfall.
# Peripeteia - a reversal of fortune brought about by the hero's tragic flaw
# His actions result in an increase of self- awareness and self-knowledge
# The audience must feel pity and fear for this character.
Okonkwo was not of noble birth, however readers gain sympathy for him early in the book when the villagers see how hard working he is and dedicated to their village. Okonkwow’s tragic flaw can be seen of that is his pride. It is his pride that convinces him to kill his “step son” Ikemufma although Okonkwow was told by his elders not to take part in the killing.
Okonkwo’s fate starts going downhill when he is exiled from his own community. Upon Okonkwow’s...

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