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Okonkwo the Tragic Hero of Things Fall Apart

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Brittany Whalen

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Transcript of Okonkwo the Tragic Hero of Things Fall Apart

Okonkwo
As the Tragic Hero

High/Noble Stature
Okonkwo holds a position of power and prestige.
He has pride in himself
[Okonkwo]: “An Umuofia man does not refuse a call,” he said. “He may refuse to do what he is asked; he does not refuse to be asked.” (page 193)
The Tragic Flaw
Okonkwo's life is dictated by internal fear of looking weak or "soft" and of failure.
He always tried to shy away from being anything like his father once was.
He felt his father was "feminine" and lazy and cowardly.
The Ultimate Downfall
It was a consequence of his own actions.
Okonkwo is impulsive and acts before he thinks
He offends the Igbo people and traditions as well as the gods of his clan
Okonkwo doesn't show his emotions
Okonkwo doesn't like change.
The End
After the killing of the British messenger, Okonkwo realizes he has lost support and can't save his village from British influence.
Okonkwo felt defeated and commited suicide.
The Tragic Hero
Things Fall Apart
By: Chinua Achebe

Brittany Whalen
What is a Tragic Hero?
Come from high/noble stature
Tragic flaw
Downfall which ultimately leads to death
Okonkwo is the leader of the Igbo community
His tragic flaw is his fear of weakness and failure
Okonkwo didn't show emtions and is unwilling to to adapt
[Okonkwo to Obierika]: “How do you think we can fight when our own brothers have turned against us? The white man is very clever. He came quietly and peaceably with his religion. We were amused at his foolishness and allowed him to stay. Now he has won our brothers, and our clan can no longer act like one. He has a put a knife on the things that held us together and we have fallen apart.” (page 176)
Works Cited
"Okonkwo in Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart." 123HelpMe.com. 26 Sep 2013
<http://www.123HelpMe.com/view.asp?id=162766>.

Ultimately, Okonkwo's sense of pride and dignity stayed with him to the end.
He chose to live and die his own terms rather than fall to the white man.
For him, to fall would be against what he sttod for his whole life...
Courage
Manliness
Tradition
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