Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart Essay example

1238 Words Dec 14th, 2014 5 Pages
Chinua Achebe was born Nigerian but got a scholarship to attend a Great Britian school in Oxford England. He grew up in Southeastern Nigeria, and his book took place in the same area. Achebe grew up leading himself into great and better things. His novel follows an Ibo man in an Ibo village through the collision of two different worlds. Throughout the book, Things Fall Apart, Achebe shows Okonkwo as a tragic leader with his flaws and how he tries to make himself better when really the result of those two things together are exactly the opposite of what he wanted. Through the Greek tragic template, Achebe chronicles the fall of an African hero and appeals to the western reader.
Okonkwo is known to be a tragic hero, even though all he did was for the better, he was destined to fall in the end. “Even as a kid he resented his father’s failure and weakness.”(Achebe, 13) Okonkwo is obsessed with the idea of manliness and is feared to be seen as weak because of how his father was. He was not happy with how his father ended up, looking weak and being useless and lazy. “Perhaps down in his heart Okonkwo was not a cruel man. But his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of 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.”(Achebe, 13) He did not want to end up like his father, he was doing all he could do be anything but that, and for that reason, he was all about power and…

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