When Things Fall Apart Essay

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When Things Fall Apart Essay Aristotle believes a tragic hero is “a person who makes a fault in his or her actions that leads to their ultimate downfall”. The novel When Thins s Fall Apart, written by Chinua Achebe begins as a story about the life of a man named Okonkwo. It tells a story beginning from his childhood and ending with his death. As a child he struggled to be different from his father, who was considered a failure. Although his father was looked upon as a failure in society, in the eyes of the tribe, and by his own son, he contained something that Okonkwo never had: humility and happiness in the smallest things. He thought that those were the reasons that made his father a failure. His son, Nwoye, was more like Okonkwo’s father and this leads them to drift off in different directions. Okonkwo had grown up to reject anything that resembled his father, humility or happiness, and this leads him to live his life dominated by fear. Okonkwo's tragic flaw is that he fears looking weak and letting emotions get the best of him is what lead him to his ultimate downfall. Okonkwo was a courageous and wealthy man throughout his tribe. In his culture, where titles, money, and wives were looked upon, Okonkwo received many titles and had several children with several wives. He worked hard for his success, for he was not born into it. His father, Unoka, was a well-known for his laziness in the village. He was the root of Okonkwo’s embarrassment. Since his childhood, Okonkwo was ashamed of his father, who, “In his day he was lazy and improvident and was quite incapable of thinking about tomorrow” (04). In the standard of his clan, Unoka was a coward, lazy, and wastrel man who spent money wastefully. When he was a child, a boy once called Okonkwo’s father an Agbala, witch means “a woman” as well as a man who has no title. He acquired a lot of unpaid
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