Tragic Hero In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

analytical Essay
1141 words
1141 words

The concept of a tragic hero is one of the most notable and widespread literary tropes, having been in existence for over some 2000 years. As defined by Aristotle in his Poetics, a tragic hero is someone who undergoes a struggle far more potent than deserved. Chinua Achebe’s novel, Things Fall Apart, exhibits a tragic hero through its protagonist, Okonkwo. Achebe achieves this status through his tragic flaw of excessive pride, his ultimate demise caused by said pride, and his ability to evoke fear and pity within the audience. A character’s tragic flaw plays a key role in deciding whether or not they can be considered a tragic hero. Some might argue that Okonkwo does not demonstrate the needed tragic flaw, as his flaws are less uniform and more disconnected than that of the typical tragic hero. However, this is not so. Okonkwo’s flaw comes in the form of excessive pride, something loosely established through his personality. Specifically, three different aspects of his personality accomplish this: fear, anger, and inflexibility. Okonkwo’s fear is perhaps the most prominent of these three traits due to the fact that it is the most central aspect of his upbringing and, consequently, it “lay deep within himself” (Achebe 13). This deep-rooted anxiety reflects the fact that his pride depends on his ability to be accepted by his peers. Okonkwo himself expresses this ideal when he kills his adopted son, Ikemefuna, for the fact that he is “afraid of being thought weak” (Achebe 61). Moreover, his anger and irritability are, simply put, the unfavorable products of his pride. Due to his …show more content…

Between his complex, multilayered sense of pride, his collapse at the hands of his unbending will, and his pitiful background, one can easily understand why Okonkwo exhibits the traits required of a tragic

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how chinua achebe's novel, things fall apart, exhibits a tragic hero through its protagonist, okonkwo.
  • Analyzes how okonkwo's tragic flaw comes in the form of excessive pride, something loosely established through his personality.
  • Analyzes okonkwo's demise in things fall apart. his pride causes him to take his own life and is buried like a dog for it.
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