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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 and strength are however no match for his tragic flaw which eventually lead to his downfall In Chinua Achebes novel Things Fall Apart Okonkwo the main character of the story plays the role of a tragic hero Okonkwos greatest fear of becoming a failure like his father Unoka is the fuel of his success as well as the cause of his tragic downfall Okonkwos resentment towards his father motivates his great rise to prosperity For example Okonkwo is so ashamed of his father as a young boy that when he grows older He is ruled by one passion- to hate everything that his father Unoka has loved One of those things is gentleness and the other is idleness pg 13 Okonkwo detests Unoka for allowing 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 like him He is so driven by this determination to distance himself from any possible similarities between him and his father that he immediately strives to be his extreme opposite As a result where Unoka lacks Okonkwo thrives In addition when Okonkwo first begins to establish a life of his own He does not have the start in which many young men have received from their fathers But inspire of these disadvantageshe beginsto lay the foundations of a prosperous future possessed by the fear of his fathers contemptible life and shamed death pg 18 Okonkwo begins his difficult climb to success with nothing but the hope of a better life than the one his father shows He disciplines himself to be a hard worker never once showing any signs of failure Furthermore through many years of struggle he becomes A wealthy man To crown it all he has taken
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