Is Okonkwo A Tragic Hero

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Aristotle says a tragic hero is someone who makes a decision that inadvertently brings an end to their life. In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe the main character Okonkwo is considered a tragic hero, he faces all his challenges with great Courage and Pride. But all of his challenges he brought upon himself because of his tragic flaw, which is his hatred for his father Unoka. Unoka was a lazy drunk with no titles, this hatred drove Okonkwo to become a very good man. He became one of the greatest me in his village, but at same flaw that built him up and made him great man will be the same flaw that makes everything fall apart “A man who makes trouble for others is also making for himself”- Chinua Achebe.
Okonkwo is a tragic hero
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Unoka was a drunk who was drunk. “ If any money came his way, and it seldom did, he immediately bought gourds of palm-wine, called round his neighbours and made merry. He always said that whenever he saw a dead man's mouth he saw the folly of not eating what one had in one's lifetime. Unoka was, of course, a debtor, and he owed every neighbour some money, from a few cowries to quite substantial amounts”. Unoka was also a man with no titles, the ways of Unoka drove Okonkwo to become the best he could “ And so although Okonkwo was still young, he was already one of the greatest men of his time. Age was respected among his people, but achievement was revered. As the elders said, if a child washed his hands he could eat with kings. Okonkwo had clearly washed his hands and so he ate with kings and elders”. But this hatred for his father may seem helpful it was his major flaw, first it affected his relationship with “ Okonkwo's first son, Nwoye, was then twelve years old but was already causing his father great anxiety for his incipient laziness. At any rate, that was how it looked to his father, and he sought to correct him by constant nagging and beating”.
Okonkwo meets all the standards set by aristotle of what makes someone a Tragic Hero, Okonkwo is the hero in Things Fall Apart. He is “one of the greatest men in Umuofia” but his blind hatred for

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