The Tragic Hero Of Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

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A tragic hero is a character that is both protagonist and antagonist, throughout the action they make as a person. According to Aristotle 's definition of tragic hero, he explains a tragic hero as a character that has noble stature and greatness. The character must have high status position, but also have nobility and virtue. In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, Okonkwo the fierce warrior who is well known in his tribe Umuofia, connects to a tragic hero. Even though Okonkwo does not embody noble stature, since he has greatness, fatal flaw, and he recognizes his downfall, he meets Aristotle’s concept of a tragic hero to a certain degree. Okonkwo occupy a high status position in the village yet, does not have nobility or virtue in his character. Aristotle’s definition of a tragic hero explains how the character must occupy as okonkwo does but must also embody nobility and virtue. Okonkwo comes from a family who did not have many accomplishments in the village of Umuofia. Okonkwo’s father Unoka was unsuccessful man who failed to support his own family and himself. He was not embarrassed as the least successful person in Umuofia. Achebe states, “With a father like Unoka, Okonkwo did not have the start in life which many young men had. He neither inherited a barn nor a title, nor even a young wife. But in spite of these disadvantages he had begun even his father’s lifetime to lay the foundations of a prosperous future”(18) For this reason, Okonkwo
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