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A tragic hero is supposed to move us to pity because since he is not an evil man his misfortune is greater than he deserves In the novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe we are introduced to Okonkwo a tragic hero that undergoes a lot of calamities in his life When people ask Chinua Achebe if he sees Okonkwo as a tragic he comments No I dont think I was responding to that particular format implying that he does not see Okonkwo as tragic hero even though a lot of critics do as he fulfills all the tragic characteristics Okonkwos motivation in life is to be well known and at the same time to avoid repeating the mistakes that his father does while he was trying to raise the family His passion and perseverance gives Okonkwo the title of a hero at the same time he goes through tragedies from the heights of happiness to the depths of misery making his flaws more noticeable and creating arguments and judgments towards him Okonkwos story is not that much of a tragedy even though catastrophic events occur during his life Although he experiences moments of reversal and recognition theorist at the end we do not pity him Aristotle also asserts that these feelings of pity and fear are purged or purified through katharsis Agatucci nor feels katharsis towards himSince the beginning of the novel the reader learns all about Okonkwos past As a young kid he was raised by an irresponsible father which formed Okonkwos personality and characteristics Growing up in his household is the reason why Okonkwos goal is to not be like his father in a way to be more successful rather than a failure such as his father Okonkwo is one of the strongest men of Umuofia as others value him They value his wealth strong masculine features and diligence He sees his father as a failure as he was very lazy and
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