Essay on Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart

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“ Stories can break the dignity of a people, but stories can also repair that broken dignity”. Chimamanda Adichie relates how a story can damage, or fix cultural views of a group or an individual, that the world has on them. In Things Fall Apart the ibo culture has a stereotype of being strong that connects them as a whole, but, disconnects them from their own dignity. This stereotype of being strong leads Okonkwo, the protagonist, to make several mistakes throughout his journey. In Things Fall Apart, Achebe incorporates elements of Greek Tragedy, and in doing so, not only conveys the depth of the tragedy of the Ibo people, but also appeals to a wider western audience. “Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond”(1). Setting up just like a tragedy, Things Fall Apart, describes all the good qualities of Okonkwo to introduce his good qualities to begin his downfall or hamartia. As Okonkwo is greatly respected and admired in the nine villages. Okonkwo rose to fame at a young age “...of eighteen he had brought honor to his village by throwing Amalinze the cat”(1). His fame didn’t subside after such a feat, it only kept growing and expanding it “had grown like a bushfire in the harmattan”(1). All of these correlate with a tragedy, as in a tragedy the tragic hero always starts off as a successful and respected person among his community, but events unfold that will lead to their downfall.
The event that begins the hamartia, or downfall of Okonkwo; also…

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