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Okonkwo Tragic Hero Essay

Slowly the men make their way up the hill with Obierika in the lead. Leaves crunch as feet uniformly step onto the ground. The commissioner and his soldiers are warily eyeing their surroundings. Each man snuggles close to Okonkwo’s compound wall, hoping not to be seen. They go past a small bush. It is next to a red hole in the wall where small animals enter and exit the compound. Finally, the men all stop. They spot the body dangling from a tree. They stand upright in shock. The carcass of Okonkwo steadily swings in the breeze. As each man looks upon it disbelievingly, Obierika says to the commissioner heatedly, “That man was one of the greatest men in Umuofia. You drove him to
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“If any money came his way, and it seldom did, he immediately bought gourds of palm-wine, called round his neighbors and made merry” (page 4). The advantage of high birth is that money follows it and with money people are supposedly happy, even Unoka, who is a poor man still finds happiness with in himself. Unoka’s disadvantage of high birth affects the nation in a negative manner by the way he begs for money and ceases to pay anyone back.
Other attributes of a tragic hero are he has a fatal flaw, and he does something to begin his downfall. “My father, they have killed me” (page 61). As Ikemefuna’s death approaches he yells to Okonkwo for help, in which it is only Okonkwo who kills his own son. Okonkwo kills Ikemefuna out of his desire not to resemble a women and indeed this is his fatal flaw, which propels him into his downfall. “When did you become a shriving old women” (page 65). The Umuofia tribe establishes a code for their men and the characteristics not to resemble a women are of high worth. To resemble a women, personality wise, is a definite flaw which all men especially Okonkwo try to avoid at all means. “Okonkwo stood looking at the dead man. He knew that Umuofia would not go to war. He knew because they had let the other
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