Okonkwo As A Tragic Hero In Things Fall Apart

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To answer whether or not Okonkwo is a tragic hero, one must first know the definition of the tragic hero. A tragic hero is a character who is noble in nature, but has a tragic flaw and discovers his fate by his own actions. In Things Fall Apart Okonkwo can be considered a tragic hero because he meet s all of the criteria of being a tragic hero by being a successful and respected leader in Umuofia, having a tragic flaw, and discovering his fate soon after. The first criteria of a tragic hero is that the character must be noble or a man of high status. The book describes this when it says "Okonkwo 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, Okonkwo worked very hard and made his way to becoming a wealthy and respected man in Umuofia. Due to his hard work, Okonkwo has 3 wives with many children, a large compound with obi for each of his wives, and a large stock of yams. Okonkwo earns respect from people both inside and outside his clan through his many achievements.
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