Okonkwo In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

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Throughout literature, there have been many examples of tragic heroes; Okonkwo is one of these tragic heroes. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is a story about a man and his depressing end. The protagonist is Okonkwo and he used to be a man of many titles before he was exiled for 7 years. The actions Okonkwo decided to do, led to his downfall. Okonkwo is seen as a tragic hero because of the struggles he had to endure while in exile and in his battle to save his village from colonialism. Okonkwo was a man of action, who would proudly go to war for his village and be victorious. During one of these battles, Okonkwo was able to achieve “his fifth head”(10). The head symbolized a trophy of war, it showed just how strong a man was. Okonkwo used to be “the proud honor” of Umuofia (12). This was because when he would fight he fought with such grace and would win his village the battles. Okonkwo's skills most definitely led to his downfall. If he had been more careful with what he was doing and what he was saying he wouldn't have felt the need to die at the hands of suicide. Okonkwo was a headstrong man and because of this, he made some decisions, like leading a group to burn down a church, that made him end his life. Foremost some might disagree …show more content…

Okonkwo was great at many things: being victorious, fighting for a cause, and taking action. Okonkwos fight for justice is seen throughout the book and his victories won from wars are well prominent before his demise. His fight for his beliefs encouraged his last few decisions before he died. Although many thought of Okonkwo as a coward, traitor, and not justifiable he proves himself to be so. The time period in which the book was written had different expectations than modern times. Because of this, what Okonkwo was doing is justified and right. A tragic hero is someone who has made judgement errors, like Okonkwo, that eventually leads to his/her

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