Character Analysis Of Okonkwo

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Okonkwo, the protagonist of Chinue Acebe’s 1958,“Things Fall Apart.”, he is also considered a tragic hero. A tragic hero holds a position of power and prestige chooses is course of action, possesses a tragic flaw, and gains alertness of situation that lead to fall. Okonkwo’s tragic flaw is fear of weakness and failure. Okonkwo is the head of strong man of the Igbo, a Nigerian ethnic community, who live in the village of Umofia. He became the character of the tragic hero, one whose unbelievable talents force him to the altitude of success only to bring about his ruin. Achebe describes him as “tall and huge” with “bushy eyebrows and wide nose him a very severe look.” When Okonkwo walks, his heels barely touch the ground, like he walks on springs,”…show more content…
On the strength of this fame, he is able to borrow seeds from a man named Nwakibie in order to start a farm. After years of hardship, he was able to pay his debt and become a rich farmer with several barns full of yams. He has three wives and many children including Nwoye, his eldest son, and Ezinma, his favorite, whom he often wishes were a boy who lives in huts on his compound. His life is subjugated by the fear of weakness and failure. He is also fast to get anger, particularly when dealing with men who are weak, lazy debtors like his father. However, Okonkwo overcompensates for is fathers womanly ways, of which he is humiliated, because he does not tolerate idleness or gentleness. Even though he feels inward love at times, he never portrays love toward anyone. Instead, he isolates himself by exhibiting anger through aggressive, stubborn, crazy behavior. Okonkwo demands that his family work long hours despite their age or limited bodily energy, he nags and beat his wives and son, Nwoye, who Okonkwo believes is womanly like his father, Unoka. In the process, like a true tragic hero, his greatest strength, his masculine power also becomes his greatest weakness, the hamartia flaw that leads to his
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