Obi: A Tragic Hero In Macbeth

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The book opens with Obi’s trial, where he is charged with corruption; by accepting a bribe. Also, Achebe indicates that everyone was shocked at Obi’s current situation, including the judge, who is filled with disbelief as he says "I cannot understand how a young man of your education and brilliant promise could have done this,"
The plot then backtracks to the period when Obi appeared to be a man of steel in his resolve to remain pure and incorruptible. And after searching for the fatal flaw that causes his downfall, the most apparent and stand-out cause is his EGOTISM. Obi is portrayed to be a prime example of a tragic hero. Just as Shakespeare did it with Macbeth, Achebe gives Obi a similar story. The main theme being the Moral Decomposition of the protagonist; our hero. As we see in the end of the book, Obi is too proud to go to the Umuofia Progressive Union or even a money-lender to borrow money. He was also too proud to accept the grace period offered to him by the UPU. Hence he is in gross debt, because he could not humble himself to admit he made a mistake.
The main cause of Obi’s downfall is his massive ego and pride. However, there are many stimuli for his arrogant nature.
Obi’s greedy and expensive lifestyle is also a cause for his downfall.
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He also learned he would receive a sixty pounds allowance. He decided to show the Hon. Sam Okoli. His new possession. We can observe a few things about Obi here. Firstly, he is very reckless when it comes to money. Instead of saving money to pay off his loan to the UPU, he goes and buys an expensive car. This shows that Obi is very materialistic, as he then wants to show off his car to a Minister of State. In Sam Okoli’s home, Obi is again seen to have a weakness for material objects as he acts like a little child when admiring and talking about Sam’s
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