An African Tragedy In Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo is a tragic hero. Aristotle’s Poetics defines a Tragic Hero as a good man of high status who displays a tragic flaw (“hamartia”) and experiences a dramatic reversal (“peripeteia”), as well as an intense moment of recognition (“anagnorisis”). Okonkwo is a leader and hardworking member of the Igbo community of Umuofia whose tragic flaw is his great fear of weakness and failure. Okonkwo’s fall from grace in the Igbo community and eventual suicide, makes Okonkwo a tragic hero by Aristotle’s definition. Okonkwo is “a man of action, a man of war” (7) and a member of high status in the Igbo village. He holds the prominent position of village clansman due to the fact that he had “shown incredible prowess in two intertribal wars” (5). Okonkwo’s hard work had made him a “wealthy farmer” (5) and a recognized individual amongst the nine villages of Umuofia and beyond. Okonkwo’s tragic flaw isn’t that he was afraid of work, but rather his fear of weakness and failure which stems from his father’s, Unoka, unproductive life and disgraceful death. “Perhaps down in his heart Okonkwo was not a cruel man. But his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and weakness….It was not external but lay deep within himself. It was the fear of himself, lest he should be found to resemble his father.” Okonkwo’s father was a lazy, carefree man whom had a reputation of being “poor and his wife and children had just barely enough to eat... they swore never to lend him any more money because he never paid back.” (5) Unoka had never taught Okonkwo what was right and wrong, and as a result Okonkwo had to interpret how to be a “good man”. Okonkwo’s self-interpretation leads him to conclude that a “good man” was someone who was the exact opposite of his father and therefore anything that his father did was weak and unnecessary. Okonkwo’s fear leads him to treat members of his family harshly, in particular his
Things Fall Apart
The impact of European Imperialism counter acting with the weaker African society brings great attention to how the 19th century functioned. Chinua Achebe discusses through out his novel, Things Fall Apart, just how the Europeans at the time became a greater supremacy by taking over colossal Africa. Achebe describes the hard times that went on during the 19th century imperialist era, and how the Igbo culture had to fight for what they thought was right. Comparisons of European….
tracing his development and changing preoccupations as a writer. His volume of poetry, on the other hand, spans a much shorter period and is unified by its focus on the civil war and the physical, social and psychological consequences of that war.
Achebe wrote a collection of poems in which the first poem was named “1966”. It refers to the months preceding the outbreak of the civil war.
“Benin Road” is another poem which takes up a related theme of the unexpected but inevitable convergence of fragile….
In the novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, there are different holidays throughout the novel and there are some festivals as well. There is the Yam Festival and during it they pray to a goddess and they ask for a good harvest. They also have the Week of Peace and during that week they aren’t allowed to hurt anybody or you will be punished. There are many activities and things to do as a community during the Yam Festival and during the Week of Peace. Throughout the novel, Achebe talks about….
Things Fall Apart By Chinua Achebe Summary and Analysis Part 1: Chapter 12
After Chielo took Ezinma away, Okonkwo was not able to sleep. He made several trips to the cave before he finally found and joined Ekwefi waiting outside the cave. When Chielo came out of Agbala's cave with Ezinma in the early morning hours, she ignored Okonkwo and Ekwefi and carried the sleeping Ezinma home to her bed, with the girl's parents following behind.
On the following day, the village celebrates the next….
Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe
Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart is authentic narrative written about life in Nigeria at the turn of the twentieth century. Tribal lifestyle in Nigeria is centered on traditions and culture. A minor character and also a very important character, who demonstrates the opposite of tribal lifestyle but yet gives meaning and life to the themes of the book is Unoka; Okonkwo’s father. Unoka is the most important character because his behavior and how it affects Okonkwo….
Response Paper on Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart
The image of Africa has been partly created by novels about colonialization of the continent by western culture written by white' hand. Apart from the shining example of Conrad's novel Heart of Darkness (1902) we can also find traces of colonial perspective in the novel Color Purple (1982). What is interesting that the writer herself, Alice Walker, is an African American as well as her character, Nettie, who finds herself among American missionaries….
‘Things Fall Apart’, a novel by Chinua Achebe, has achieved textual integrity through a set of core ideas which are developed through the characters and events in the novel. The novel shows the drastic effect of white missionaries who colonise an African clan of Ibo people; bringing with them a new religion as well as laws, punishments and very different customs.
Events described in the narrative highlight that a community and or an individual must at some point adapt to change and a new environment….
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AFRICAN FICTION AND DRAMA
‘THINGS FALL APART
DUE DATE: 12 MARCH 2013
This essay will endeavour to explore the flaws of Okonkwo that stem from his own sense of security and show us that he is not an embodiment of his society’s values and norms. Okonkwo in part one of the novel is seen as strong and a courageous man. He is part of the Ibo tribe in Umofia, which is a powerful village because of its fighters and warriors, such as Okonkwo. However, Okonkwo is not essentially an….
African Traditional Religions. Those five central tenets are belief in a supreme being, belief in spirits/divinities, belief in life after death, religious personnel and sacred places and witchcraft and magic practices. In his novel, Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe provides illustrations of each of these tenets. Okonkwo’s interactions with various other characters in the novel are indicative of the belief in these five central tenets that are found in most African Traditional Relgions. It’s interesting….
his/her piece. I also do research on the historical information about the time of publication and the influence on the work. According to research, Chinua Achebe was born in Nigeria on November 16, 1930. While in college he studied theology and history, which influenced him to develop interest in indigenous Nigerian cultures. In his novel Things Fall Apart, which takes place in the 1890s’, portrays the fray between Nigeria’s white colonial government and the culture of indigenous Igbo people. He shatters….