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The Tale Of Two Limit Exceeding Men Who Fell Short Of Personal Goals

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The Tale of Two Limit Exceeding Men Who Fell Short of Personal Goals
If all authors used the same tones, there would be no differences between books. Tone is the literary element that shows the author's attitudes toward a subject. In the beginning of the hero cycle, reverent tone is used many times, however, as the character progresses through the book, they begin to show their flaw, which, many times is revealed by the changing tones the author uses. In the conclusion of the story, they accept defeat with honor after discovering their flaw. Changing tones used by both Chinua Achebe in his book, Things Fall Apart, and William Shakespeare in his playwright, Othello, progress the tragic hero cycle of Okonkwo and Othello.
In the beginning of each of their stories, Chinua Achebe and William Shakespeare use specific tone to show the greatness of their respective tragic heroes. They are each born into the nobility and are described by a reverent tone. The reverent tone shows the respect that the people have for the men's power.”He was tall and huge, and his bushy eyebrows and wide nose gave him a very severe look. He breathed heavily, and it was said that, when he slept, his wives and children in their houses could hear him breathe. When he walked, his heels hardly touched the ground and he seemed to walk on springs, as if he was going to pounce on somebody. And he did pounce on people quite often. He had a slight stammer and whenever he was angry and could not get his words out quickly enough, he would use his fists. He had no patience with unsuccessful men” (Achebe 3-4). Sensory details such as "huge", "bushy eyebrows", "severe look", "walk on springs", "ready to pounce", "use his fists", "and no patience", Give an impression Okonkwo's presence is always felt by the clan because he is so important and respected. There is no place anyone can hide from his provoke able wrath. On the contrary, Othello is much calmer but he nevertheless demands much respect, and by doing so, he defies all stereotypes about Africans. “Valiant Othello, we must straight employ you/ Against the general enemy Ottoman” (I.iii.381-382). This quote, said by the Duke of Venice, one of the most powerful entities in the Venetian government, gives praise to Othello. Details are left out, such as, what Othello has accomplished to receive this honor, and the grandiose vocabulary used shows that this is a formal setting, which is a situation where Moors would not commonly be found. This creates a reverent tone by showing Othello's power and influence on the government. In the beginning of their respected pieces Mr. Achebe and Mr. Shakespeare use a tone of reverence to begin each tragic hero at their point of highest glory.
To continue to progress the tragic hero cycle, both authors stray when Achebe uses a callous tone to progress Okonkwo and Shakespeare uses a sincere tone to progress Othello. In Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo, after learning that his clan began to act cowardly while he...

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