The Development Of Okonkwo In Things Fall Apart

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Okonkwo had dreams, some of his dreams were fulfilled while others weren’t. Okonkwo's dreams were to be successful and better than his father which happened because he was one of the greatest, well known and respected men in the tribe of Umuofia. His other dream was for his son Nwoye to be just like him which didn’t happen since Nwoye was not happy with the way he was being treated and he went and joined the white men church in spite of his father.
Okonkwo wanted to become one of the greatest men in the Ibo tribe, but three unfortunate events occur bringing him closer to his end. Okonkwo was a proud, industrious figure who through hard work was able to elevate himself to a stature of respect and prominence in his community. The one major character flaw was that he was a man driven by his fear to extreme reactions. Okonkwo was petrified of inadequacy namely because his father was a complete and utter failure. This fear of shortcoming made him hate everything his father loved and represented: weakness, gentleness, and idleness. Who was Okonkwo, well Okonkwo was a hero and also he was a tragic hero. How was he a hero? Okonkwo was one of the greatest wrestlers in his country. Okonkwo defeated one of the strongest wrestlers Amalinze (The Cat) who for seven years have never been beaten. Okonkwo was also a successful farmer and warrior. He was well known and respected by neighboring villages. This man, Okonkwo, worked hard at his goal, and he achieved it. Okonkwo, a man with great strength and personality, had achieved his goal to become rich and famous, a privilege that was unseen before in his family. Although Okonkwo reached his goal at an early age, his life began to fall apart when tragic episodes took place. Okonkwo was a tragic hero in the sense he was blamed or faulted for three deaths. One was Ikemefuna the peace settlement, the killing of Ezeudu son which was accident and finally the death of the white men messenger.
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