Avoid Tragic Heroes: Othello And Things Fall Apart

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Not All Hero's Avoid Tragedy

I. Introduction
Hero's are merely viewed as big muscular strong guys seen in movies however, my type of hero never needs to be recognized other than by themselves. My type of hero is having their story told in a book written by someone else, not doing all they can for shiny capes and seeing their faces on the news. Othello from Othello and Okonkwo from Things Fall Apart are tragic heroes. The definition of tragic heroes is those who have a fatal flaw that leads to a downfall, have high social rank, face harsh punishment, and are there to teach a lesson. The characters Okonkwo and Othello fall within this definition. Every hero has similarities, differences, and types of development which does not alter the hero status.
II:Body 1
Okonkwo and Othello both have similar,yet high ranks in their social status. Okonkwo is a rich member of his clan, and has three wives and is very successful, along with recognition in wrestling. Othello is the General of the Army, not a native, and a powerful figure. The two
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Readers want to see the characters face their problems. This leads to readers anticipating watching the resolution unfold however, in Things Fall Apart and Othello we find tragedy. In Things Fall Apart Okonkwo starts off as being nothing short of manly, very prideful, and has a lot to prove. After seeing a boy he adores being killed, he has a shift in his emotions. Moving clans after an accident he caused has showed him that the grass is not greener on the other side. He dislike the way his motherland handles violence and wants to return to his home clan. Othello began as a well-respected general with many fellow officers, which quickly diminished after Othello misplaces his trust. The building jealousy Othello faces leads him to kill his beloved Desdemona. Even in within killing her, he wants to keep her pure so he does not shed her

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