Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart Essay

1434 Words Nov 1st, 2015 6 Pages
The Roaring Flame Gets Extinguished

In the novel, Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe the protagonist Okonkwo falls into the tragic timeline of other protagonists. Throughout the novel, Okonkwo starts with power, loses that power by his tragic flaws and finally his tragic flaws lead him to his demise. Achebe uses Aristotle 's definition of a Tragic Hero to reveal the common tragedies which cause conflict for the typical protagonist, through the depiction of Okonkwo’s tragic characteristics and countless poor actions and decisions,which affect his family, tribe, and himself.
Okonkwo, became an elite clansmen of the Nigerian Igbo tribe, by gaining his respect through great acts of leaderships, instead of by birth rite which resulted in a deeper level of admiration by his people. To begin with, we establish how Okonkwo turned his inferior reputation into a superior one. On the first page, Achebe describes how Okonkwo’s “fame rested on personal achievements”, and not birth rites. His big personal achievement was when he wrestled the unsurpassable wrestler named, “Amalinze the Cat”. This was considered a monumental win because “Amalinze the Cat” was undefeated and Okonkwo was a unaccustomed eighteen year old wrestler. After the win Okonkwo became a very influential and honored clansmen. Also, you could tell that Okonkwo 's hold superiority over other clansmen, in his tribe. His “prosperity was visible in his household”, whether it was his “compound enclosed by a…

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