Chinua Achebe 's Things Fall Apart Essay

1018 Words Jun 14th, 2015 5 Pages
Often we look up to someone as a hero not knowing who they really are or if they really attribute the characteristics a hero. People may carry many characteristics that make them out to believe that they are somebody they are not. For example, it is often questioned the novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe whether Okonkwo, the main character, is a tragic hero according to Aristotle’s idea of a tragic hero. In Things Fall Apart , Okonkwo suffers many hardships in his Ibo village but overcomes them in different ways. Although Okonkwo has many characteristics of a tragic hero, he doesn’t quite meet all the requirements to be a tragic hero.
First of all, a tragic hero characterizes as a person of high status, in which, Okonkwo does portray in his village of Umuofia. For instance, "Okonkwo was well known through the nine villages and even beyond. His fame rested on solid personal achievements." (Pg 3) Okonkwo had high status because of everything he had done in his village. He didn 't inherit his high status he worked for the position he had. He had many accomplishments, such as, "...he had won fame as the greatest wrestler in the nine villages. He was a wealthy farmer and had two barns full of yams, and had just married his third wife." (Pg 10) In order for Okonkwo to gain his high position he worked for it. He was in a took a different path on life versus his poor,drunk and lazy father. He strived for the best and got what he wanted by working hard. He was seen as a…

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