Tragic Character Of Okonkwo

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The Nigerian culture, full of richness and charisma around its citizens and leaders. The novel written by Chinua Achebe puts its focus on the rituals and customs of nine Nigerian villages, among them the most important one Umuofia. Umuofia is home to the bravest warrior of all nine villages, Okonkwo a strong leader with few weaknesses, but one that impacts his whole life driving him into physical and mental misery. Life is never perfect, and Okonkwo served as a tragic her. Okonkwo’s traits and qualities make of him a key character with a high status in his own village after a slow and painful childhood. Okonkwo earned the high status of the best wrestler in all the nine villages and beyond by defeating Amalinze. Beyond anything, Amalinze the …show more content…
Before Okonkwo murders Ikemefuna, his arrival comes to the village as an offer after “the daughter of Umofia was killed in Mbaino" (14). After the leaders of the village let Ikemefuna stay with Okonkwo for three years, Ezeudu whispers into Okonkwo's ears that The Oracle of the Hills and Caves have decided to sacrifice Ikemefuna. Okonkwo's instant reaction is speechless since he has grown a soft spot for Ikemefuna, but he decides to go and bear see Ikemefuna's execution. When the men arrive, they suddenly stop and blow a machete, but to Okonkwo's surprise he runs back to his arms leaving Okonkwo no choice but to “dr[aw] his machete and cut him down" (61). The rest is a story of suffering because Okonkwo fasts for 2 days and keeps quite to himself thinking about Ikemefuna …show more content…
Indeed, Okonkwo is a man that shows fear against failure and weakness, especially among him and others. Okonkwo’s hamartia is the dominance “by fear, the fear of failure and weakness” (13). In fact, Okonkwo’s fear of failure brought him to have little patience for others, and immediately take action if anything seemed out of the ordinary. As white men came to Umofia, Okonkwo realized that no one is going to stand up and go to war, unless Egonwanne changed the next day. Therefore, Okonkwo’s desperation to act diminished into a world of loneliness to stand

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