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THINGS FALL APART In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe the protagonist Okonkwo represents the classical tragic hero who must undergo many sacrifices in order to atone for his sinful actions Okonkwo fits this title for he has many of the same aspects of a tragic hero Although there are many characteristics which define him as a tragic hero the outcome actually reflects his personae as being more of a sacrificial scapegoat Okonkwo has a very distinct sense of hubris - overbearing pride or presumption - which is conveyed through his manly actions These manly actions and his inability to adapt with the coming of the white man is his hamartia the character flaw which embodies his image of tragic hero that in turn leads to his downfall As presented by Aristotle and by Achebe one of these flaws is Okonkwos quickness to anger - usually from his familys disobedience This infatuation with obedience and hard work is a direct ramification of Okonkwos childhood and his animosity towards his father Unoka his father was lazy improvident and could not plan for the future Thus when his father dies deeply in a drunken debt and leaves no inheritance for Okonkwo Okonkwo knows that he must work himself to the fullest to gain a title a home a farm a family and a presentable name This character flaw of elitist disciplinary perfection was not Okonkwos fault as said by Aristotle but was progressed by Unokas shameful past thus making Okonkwo work his strong labor-driven body to the bone and demanding the same from his seemingly weaker family - in order to keep his name in high esteem As a result of his childhood his whole life was dominated by fear and the direct offshoot of that was fear of himself This fear culminated into a detrimental passion to hate everything his father Unoka had loved Ch 2 Page 9 His fear is what causes him to rule
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