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The tragic hero demonstrates great dedication and sacrifice as well as standing as a symbol of goodness and justice His acts of courage andstrength are however no match for his tragic flaw which eventually lead tohis downfall In Chinua Achebes novel Things Fall Apart Okonkwo themain character of the story plays the role of a tragic hero Okonkwosgreatest fear of becoming a failure like his father Unoka is the fuel of hissuccess as well as the cause of his tragic downfallOkonkwos resentment towards his father motivates his great rise toprosperity For example Okonkwo is so ashamed of his father as a youngboy that when he grows older He is ruled by one passion- to hateeverything that his father Unoka has loved One of those things isgentleness and the other is idleness pg 13 Okonkwo detests Unoka forallowing his weaknesses rule his life He is so shamed of having such an unavailing and indolent man as a father that he vows to never become likehim He is so driven by this determination to distance himself from anypossible similarities between him and his father that he immediately strivesto be his extreme opposite As a result where Unoka lacks Okonkwothrives In addition when Okonkwo first begins to establish a life of hisown He does not have the start in which many young men havereceived from their fathers But inspire of these disadvantageshebeginsto lay the foundations of a prosperous future possessed by the fearof his fathers contemptible life and shamed death pg 18 Okonkwobegins his difficult climb to success with nothing but the hope of a betterlife than the one his father shows He disciplines himself to be a hardworker never once showing any signs of failure Furthermore throughmany years of struggle he becomes A wealthy man To crown it all hehas taken two titles and although he is still young he is already one ofthe greatest men of his time pg 8 Okonkwo strives to be the best
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