Kink Tragic Hero

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A tragic hero, as defined by Aristotle is a character who has a tragic flaw and discovers his fate by his own actions. In Things Fall Apart, a novel by China Achebe, Kink can be considered a tragic hero because he meets all of Aristotle’s criteria by being a tragic hero by being a successful and respected leader in Moira, having a tragic flaw, and discovering his fate soon after his action. Aristotle’s idea of a tragic hero requires that the character must be noble or a man of high status. "Kink was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond. His fame rested on solid personal achievements" (Achebe, 3). Starting as a sharecropper with no inheritance from his father, Kink works very hard and makes his way to a wealthy and respected…show more content…
Kink’s self-realization starts when he comes back to Moira after his seven years exile with a great plan. However, after his arrival, he realizes that Moira is much changed and he is not as important and famous as he used to be before his exile. His arrival doesn’t attract as much as attention as he expect and he loses his place in the Gewgaw to another man as soon as he leaves the clan. Moreover, he also has to wait for another two years to imitate his two sons into the Oz society. But most important, Kink discovers that the white men have settled down in the village. The white men establish a church and a school in the village, and then start converting Igor people into Christian and attacking Igor customs and faith. Kink is strongly unhappy with this situation and by his violent nature; he persuades his clan to use violence to drive the white men out of the village. However, the clan disagrees and reminds Kink that the white men also have some of the clan members supporting them. Although there is no war between white men and Igor people, the conflicts between these two groups still often occur, including the unmasking of Gewgaw, the burning of the church and the deceptive meeting held by the white men which results in the capture and humiliation of the five clan members, including Kink. However, despite these failings, it is not until when Kink…show more content…
From nothing, he rises to the honorable and successful leader of Moira. He also has a tragic flaw of a fear of weakness and failure that leads to him to several failings and ultimately, his suicide. Finally, he discovers his own tragic fate because of his impulsive murderer of the British court messenger during the clan meeting. Although Kink starts his life as a successful man of Moira but because of his violent and impulsive characteristics, even the most successful man like Kink can still falls from his
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