Things Fall Apart Character Analysis

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Chinua Achebe, a Nigerian novelist, once said,“When suffering knocks at your door and you say there is no seat for him, he tells you not to worry because he has brought his own stool.”. Written in 1958, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe is about the pre-colonial Nigeria; moreover, the later introduction of Christian missionaries. Things Fall Apart is a tragedy that focuses on the life of the protagonist, Okonkwo, and his subsequent inability to adapt to the Christians. Tragedies usually share common traits such as a short time span, a tragic hero, catharsis, and the hero's downfall. Some common characteristics used in Things Fall Apart are the hero's tragic flaw, the hero's downfall, and catharsis. Achebe establishes the novel as a tragedy by making Okonkwo have a tragic flaw. A tragic flaw is a personality imperfection that leads to imperfect decisions made by the character. Moreover, the main purpose of the tragic flaw is to exhibit that the protagonist is not perfect, therefore, enabling the audience to connect to the character. The audience can relate to Okonkwo’s tragic flaw, in that he is prideful. Okonkwo’s hubris, pride, can be seen as he refuses to acknowledge his mistakes or accept another way of thinking, such as how he killed himself rather than have to live under the power of the Christian missionaries. Lacking the ability to adapt to changing situations, Okonkwo is not able to give in against what he stands for. This is seen especially in another

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