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This essay will discuss the irony within the novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe it will focus on the tragic hero Okonkwo who begins as a noble and honorable man ultimately becomes their reason for his tragic demise at the end of the book Achebe focuses on the interconnection between the tragedy of the protagonist and the tragedy of colonialism within Africa Set in the 1880s within Nigeria before the Christian missionaries colonized the country after Okonkwo is exiled from his village for seven years for his actions he returns to see the contrast and the metamorphose of his village after the Christian missionaries have colonized the village in his absence The concept of Irony as written in the Concise Oxford Dictionary is the expression of meaning through the use of language signifying the opposite typically for humorous effect Or a state of affairs that appears perversely contrary to what expects Stevenson Waite 2011750 This book is in its entirety is irony because books written about Africa from an Africans perspective Most of the books written previously were from a European perspective This is the first book that had been written from a native African perspective Achebe had intended for the audience of the book not to be his fellow Africans but rather the European readers This is irony as the Europeans who this book was intended for do not the sufficient knowledge of the culture in order for it to be received in the manner in which the writer had intended it The books main concept of irony is that of tragic irony the protagonist Okonkwo who at the beginning of the novel who develops and grows to be the hero within the novel but in the manner in which he became to be this hero it ultimately becomes the same reason for his demise The Okonkwo the protagonist of the novel and his relationship between his
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