Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

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Things fall apart is a classic novel written around the turn of the century, the novel focuses on the protagonist who we can also call a hero, Okonkwo. Okonkwo is a wealthy and respected leader within the Igbo tribe of Umuofia in eastern Nigeria. Strong individual with a passionate belief in all the values and traditions of his people. Chinua Achebe presents Okonkwo as a particular kind of tragic protagonist, a great man who carries the fate of his people. Okonkwo is a man who is inflexible and driven by his Abiding faith to uphold his cultural way of life; yet, he experiences a life of great tragedy. Okonkwo’s life in Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart appears tragic according to Aristotle’s definition of tragedy. Okonkwo is a warrior, a wrestler, and a man with personal wealth. Okonkwo has three wives and ban full of yams, so he was able to provide food for his family members. Despite the amount of success and power Okonkwo embodies, he is bound to face tragedy through fear of weakness, the loss of his beloved Ikemefuna, and his decision to commit suicide.
Okonkwo’s fear of weakness is greatly influenced by his father Unoka. Unoka is a lazy man who did not portray the “manly” figure in which other father embodies. Unoka did not attain any title, nor did he own a yam barn like other men. Unoka is described as “a failure, he was poor and his wife and children had barely enough to eat. People laughed at him because he was a loafer, and never paid back. But Unoka was

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