The Tragic Hero Of Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

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Aristotle, a Greek philosopher, defines a tragic hero “as a person of noble or high status who displays a tragic flaw hamartia, and experiences a dramatic reversal peripateia. In addition, his downfall is often preceded by self-realization”. In Things Fall Apart, the author uses Okonkwo, to illustrate the downfall of pre-colonial Ibo society. In the beginning, Okonkwo was destined for greatness. He was strong, economically stable, and had a huge influence over the village’s affairs. One may say that he was the perfect man to be the hero of his people. However, Aristotle stated that “a man does not become a hero until he can see the root of his own downfall.” Okonkwo, unfortunately, couldn’t become the hero he was destined to be. Not only does he allowed his own flaws: irrational anger, and hubris to dominate his life, but he became so obsessed over trying to kill the whites that he couldn’t see and accept that his village was changing. In the end, Okonkwo commits suicide after realizing his clan would not fight with him against the colonists. He was alone and no longer in control and that devastated him. Okonkwo inability to overcome his ignorance as well as his own internal conflicts ultimately leads to his tragic fate, embodying him as a classic Aristotle tragic hero.
Okonkwo, like many tragic heroes, has a high status in his society. He is a well-known warrior whose accomplishments gave him a prominent position within the Igbo community in Umuofia. “At an early age he

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