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Theme Of Tragedy In Things Fall Apart

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“Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe is a tragic novel. The description of tragedy that can influence the readers or audience as reflected in the book. The tragedy has powerful influential features which influence the readers. Aristotle rightly defined tragedy as “an imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude” (Aristotle, Ch. 6). He also constituent parts of tragedy and they are plot, characters, thought, diction, song and spectacle. The first three plot, characters and thought are the object of imitation. The next two, diction and song are the medium of imitation. The last, spectacle is the manner of imitation. In the “Things Fall Apart” has a powerful feature of Aristotle’s concept on tragedy such as probability,…show more content…
In his book, he claimed that “Poet is an imitator or creative art. He imitates what is past and present with normally understood and what is ideal” (Aristotle, Ch. 4). He also says that there is naturally belief and in born instinct in men. A child can easily learn his earliest lessons in the speeches. In “Things Fall Apart”, the main character Okonkwo unlike like other young man, he has to earn everything for his family because of his father’s laziness. He was also very much concerned about his community, traditional and culture and finally he was very successful man in his…show more content…
In his “Poetics”, a tragic hero cannot be an eminently good man. The suffering of such a man will be shocking. The tragic hero neither can be a bad man nor a villain. According to Aristotle, “The tragic hero is a man who is not eminently good and just, yet whose misfortune is bought about not by voice, but by the some error of judgement” (Aristotle, Ch. 6). The misfortune of such a man will lead to downfall. In Things Fall Apart, the main protagonist Okonkwo is considered as tragic hero and he has the all the noble characters. Oknokwo was very successful and renowned in his community. He was the leader of Ibo society and he was also a famous wrestler and successful farmer. With characteristic of tragic hero, Oknokwo became almost successful in many ways, such as wealthy man, holds with high position in the community, he had three wives, and is also best wrestler and worrier. He also ruled his family with
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