Things Fall Apart Okonkwo A Tragic Hero

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A tragic hero is a literary character who makes a judgment error that inevitably leads to his/her own destruction. In the book “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe, Okonkwo’s life falls apart as he has to deal with the destruction of his tribe and influences of christianity. Okonkwo is a tragic hero because he allows fatal errors in judgement and inner forces to contribute to his downfall.

Okonkwo allows fatal errors to get the best of him and it leads to his downfall. After the end of his exile “Okonkwo’s compound was like a deserted homestead. It was as if cold water had poured on it”(196). If Okonkwo had not been exiled and never left Umuofia then he and his clan mates could have fought about the white man's religion . As it says¨Okonkwo was not a man of thought, but a man of action¨(69). If he had thought about things before he did it, then a lot of things could have been prevented like killing ikemefuna. People led him to do these things like when he killed the messenger at the market,“Okonkwo's machete descended twice and the man's
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Like his father “with a father like Unoka, Okonkwo had begun a better man than his father. He was scared of becoming him, so he did the opposite”. He saw his father's mistakes and he didn’t want to want to become him, he wanted to be better. But deep down he still had fear “.... Okonkwo drew his machete and cut him down. He was afraid of being thought weak”(61). All of this fear led him to kill himself “That man was one of the greatest men in umuofia, you drove him to kill himself, and now he will be buried like a dog”(208). All of these inner forces brought him down and he eventually fell.

Okonkwo, a tragic hero allows fatal errors in judgement and inner forces to contribute to his downfall. The fatal errors in judgement he allowed to over come him crushed him and so did the inner forces he let in. Okonkwo eventually fell and no one could do anything to save
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