What Is Okonkwo A Tragic Hero

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Terry Pratchett states that “Tragic heroes always moan when the gods take an interest in them, but it's the people the gods ignore who get the really tough deals” Although the gods are ignoring them, in the end the characters become stronger from this experience. In the book Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, the main character, Okonkwo is one of the greatest men in his clan, Umuofia, and was a very strong and hard working man. Okonkwo is a tragic hero is because he is a hard worker at achieving his goals that are important to him, but he still had moments of weakness that make the audience feel sorry for him.
One of the main reasons that makes Okonkwo a tragic is the fact that is is a hard worker and is alway striving for his goals that
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The book states how Okonkwo has to go through a tough part of his life when his clan has to kill Ikemefuna, who is like a son to him. As Ikemefuna is struck with machete he falls to the ground and yells out to Okonkwo “father they have killed me” and in fear, of being seen as weak, he draws his machete and finishes the kill. This shows you what Okonkwo had to go though and makes you have an amount of sympathy for him. Achebe shows you a moment where you feel sorry for him when he is exiled from his village to go live in his motherland land for seven years. When he gets to his motherland he tries to go on with his normal ways like working on the farm but, his work had “no longer had for him the pleasure it use to”. Achebe is trying to tell you that things are falling apart for him and he is having a moment of sadness in his life. Achebe shows the readers that Okonkwo could not take the way he was living anymore when the people of his clan walk around the corner to find “the tree from which Okonkwo’s body was dangling”. This is showing you how Okonkwo could not go on with the life he was living, so he takes his own life. Which makes the audience feel sorry that he was even in the position to feel the need to go that

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