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Kurtz Okonkwo as Tragic Heroes Tragedy deals with characters greater than us A tragic hero is an individual who possesses some sort of great authority while at the same time being infected with a tragic flaw which eventually leads to his inevitable downfall in the end There are two characters specifically that define the term tragic hero in the same post-colonial setting but each with a different unique style In fact these two characters not only define the said term they take the term to the next level through their self-centered desirous actions Both of these characters Okonkwo from Chinua Achebes Things Fall Apart and Kurtz from Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness are tragic heroes to a great extent Although the path of doom each one takes is different Okonkwo and Kurtz also present a few characteristics or qualities that are very much alike Both these men are leaders of a similar tribe and have something great about them Moreover the number of contrasting characteristics these two men possess are so great in number their similarities are thus rendered irrelevant in comparison Umofia is a clan that bears a love for speech Okonkwo who is a very wealthy and respected warrior of this clan is affected notably by the tragic flaw of lacking magnificent speaking skills Consequently Okonkwo attempts to make up for his constant stammering by applying aggression to his manner of conduct Furthermore due to this tragic flaw he is set apart from his verbosely-speaking compatriots as his joy remains in ruins Okonkwo possesses a stubborn narrow-minded and truly inflexible way of thinking which as a result is often behind the cause of conflict The society he belongs to is a very flexible one and for that reason makes his situation even worse Through his anger Okonkwo decides to beat Ojiugo heavily while completely ignoring the Week of Peace he does not yield even to the pleading of
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