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What Drives A Man What makes a successful man This in itself is a culture bound question because it can vary from culture to culture However in the perception of Okonkwo the main character in Chinua Achebes novel Things Fall Apart the measure of a mans success is based on two elements material acquisition and growth and physical prowess This is ironic for Okonkwo since his peoples typical idea of success seems to be constructed of a complex strong spiritual culture seemingly able to deal in traditional ways with any challenge in nature and human experience Ravenscroft 9 Although Okonkwo is undoubtedly an important member of Umuofian society he is not a typical representative of that society Taiwo 115 It is this basic dichotomy between Okonkwo and his own culture that directly lead to the tragic fall of Okonkwo and ultimate disgrace I feel that it is important to note at this time that Things Fall Apart is a tragedy and Okonkwo is a tragic hero For TFA to be a tragedy it must follow the following pattern A tragedy is the imitation of an action that is erious has magnitude and is complete in itself in language with pleasurable accessories each kind brought in separately in the various parts of the work in a dramatic not in a narrative form with incidents arousing pity and fear wherewith to accomplish it catharsis of such emotions Aristotle Poetics Okonkwo is a tragic hero because he is superior to the regular people of the tribe Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond hes an extremist whenever he was angry and could not get his words out quickly enough he would use his fists Achebe 3 he imposes his own reality
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