Analysis Of The Tragic Hero In Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

836 Words 4 Pages
The novel Things Fall Apart, the author Chinua Achebe illustrates and portrays the idea of the Igbo society in Africa. The setting takes place in an African village of Umuofia, when the main protagonist, Okonkwo is the a well known Igbo man also a tragic hero. He wrestles Amalinze the Cat, and overall defeats him which leads him to be a successful man. He also is married to three wives which shows him that he is a great man in the village. However, he is also portrayed as a tragic hero, by having characteristics such as acting like a woman like figure, and his fear of failure and weakness mentioned throughout the story. The author takes the idea of the portrayal of Igbo traditional society and Western tradition society and combines the two ideas to make them work together in the novel.

The author of the novel emphasizes a strong unwavering feeling towards the Igbo traditions and culture. First of all, Achebe throughout the novel portrays the life of the Igbo people by utilizing African traditional Igbo words. Since the author is Nigerian,
…show more content…
The author follows the main style throughout the novel such as the characters: Okonkwo, Nwoye, and Ikemefuna. Setting: Nigeria, the village of Umuofia. Plot: Okonkwo is a male who is famous in his village by having three wives and many kids between them. However, circumstances happen bit by bit and Okonkwo eventually kills his “son” Ikemefuna since he doesn’t want to be seen as a weak man throughout the village. He accidentally assassinated Ogbuefi’s son which led him to be exiled from the village of Umuofia and escaped to his mother's village “Mbanta”. As seven years pass, Okonkwo returns back to his original village Umuofia, after all he commits suicide and end his

Related Documents