In “Things Fall Apart”, Okonkwo suffers in many ways but largely when he kills Ikemefuna and when he is exiled. With those sufferings, he was disturbed emotionally and spiritually. Since then, everything seems downfall on his part and the struggle with the emotion and grief that grows inside of him results to commit suicide at the end, which can be referred as tragic death. Therefore, considering the tragic end in the play solidifies that Okonkwo is a tragic hero. In conclusion, Okonkwo is a tragic hero because, in the beginning of “The Things Fall Apart”, there is a rise in the action of Okonkwo and sets the climax.
In many texts, a tragic figure contains aspects of a hero; they have power or other noble qualities. These types of tragic figures are held back by a tragic flaw, which contributes to their downfall and categorizes them as a tragic hero. However, some tragic figures do not have to obtain these qualities, but rather have qualities of normal people. Throughout “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller, Willy Loman is presented as a tragic figure, illustrated through his dreams and suffering of himself and others, displaying the theme that the American Dream can drive one’s life out of control. A few key aspects of Willy cause the reader to classify him as a tragic figure.
“A tragedy is that moment where the hero comes face to face with his true identity” Aristotle According to Aristotle’s theory of a tragic hero, a tragic hero begins his/her journey with a rise to fame, has a tragic flaw, and that tragic flaw leads to the downfall. As Achebe’s historical drama novel, Things Fall Apart, unfolds it becomes evident that the novel’s protagonist, Okonkwo is a tragic hero through three typical traits: Okonkwo’s high stature, his tragic flaw of having the fear of being a failure, and a resulting downfall Okonkwo accords with Aristotle’s theory of tragic hero because of having a high stature. Even though Okonkwo was not of noble birth, he makes way through the ranks by acquiring multiple titles through his hard work. He starts his journey by achieving fame as a strong wrestler, as, at the age of 18 “he had brought honor to his village by throwing Amalinze the Cat”, a great wrestler who unbeatable for seven years. “He [Okonkwo] did not have the start in life which many young men usually had.
In a tragedy, a tragic hero possesses heroic qualities that were lost because of a tragic flaw or a terrible mistake. Thus, the audience is sympathetic towards the hero’s relatable human qualities. Through the hero’s downfall, humanity’s redeeming qualities are also revealed. Three main theories of the tragic hero are the Aristotelian model, the Shakespearean model, and the modern tragic hero. Each model has five defining characteristics, which are nobility, hamartia, downfall, anagnorisis, and suffering.
Aristotle also felt the best type of a tragic hero will fall somewhere between the two extremes - “... a person who is neither perfect in virtue and justice, nor one who falls into misfortune through vice and depravity, but rather, one who succumbs through some miscalculation.” According to Aristotle the characteristics of a tragic hero are to provoke sad emotions, such as pity or fear, from the audience. When these sad emotions are provoked from the audience, it is hoped that after seeing the tragic hero leading themselves to downfall or death it will transform the audience into good human beings. The characteristics of a tragic hero are shown through Blanche in the play A Streetcar Named Desire, showing tragic flaws. Hamartia is when a tragic flaw causes downfall for a hero. Blanche represented hamartia in many ways which can include of her compulsive lying, creating a fantasy for herself and others, drinking antisocially, and her inability to be independent.
Also, the main character had to be a high-ranking or dignified person with a tragic flaw that caused their downfall. Finally, the work had to end with the death of the main character. These elements are all clearly seen in Shakespeare’s play, but the elements that create a tragic hero are not as obvious. To be categorized as a tragic hero, the character must have been physically or spiritually wounded resulting in their death, be a king or a leader of men that resulted in their followers falling with them, must learn something from their mistake, be faced with a serious decision, and, oftentimes, have supernatural involvement. Based on these traits, there are multiple tragic heroes in The Tragedy of Julius Caesar.
Therefore, Okonkwo is a tragic hero. In conclusion, Okonkwo suits Aristotle 's definition of a tragic hero. This character has many tragic flaws, fear of weakness, hubris, and his work ethic, which in the end lead to his death, which provokes pity and fear into the audience. The character becomes noble and is a great leader overall in the story. In the end, Chinua Achebe has givens us a very expressive character that we can call a tragic
The character of Macbeth is a classic example of a Shakespearean tragic hero. There are a multitude of factors that contribute to Macbeth being labelled as a tragic hero. Before these factors can be discussed, it is important to understand what workings make up the characteristics of a tragic hero. Typically, a tragic hero is a figure of high stature, often of noble background. This person is predominantly good, but suffers a self-inflicted falling out due to flaws in their personality.
According to Aristotle, one of the original creators of a tragic hero, there are a number of characteristics that define one: he must root his own demise; his fate is not deserved, and his punishment is more severe than the crime; he also must be of noble height or have a level of greatness. These are all characteristics of Jay Gatsby, the main character of Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby. Jay Gatsby is of course a tragic hero. In Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, all the characters are, in one way or another, attempting to find happiness within their lives. The characters in the novel are divided into two groups: the rich upper class and the poor lower class, aka The West and East egg, although the main characters only try to better their
The Faults of Troy Maxson August Wilson brings out the struggle of Troy Maxson in his play, Fences. All that matter to him end up feeling this struggle, for it remains constantly inside of him. Ultimately it proves to overcome Troy and make many lose the respect and love that was once felt. Troy’s actions and failure to fix them makes his true character known. By giving way to his own desires, becoming a continuation of his father and failing those he loves Troy Maxson proves to be a man flawed at his core.
In both places, young men go through the daily struggle trying to navigate their way through the deadly streets, poverty,…" (Moore 170). This is a quote from a novel written by the successful Wes Moore "Wes 1", where he talks about the similarities between him and the other Wes Moore. Unfortunately for Wes 2, he turned down the wrong path and was involved with drug abuse and violence. This could have something to do with the fact that his father was present, but neither was Wes Moore 's. The only difference was the reasoning behind why their fathers were absent.
In the play Oedipus The King, Oedipus ran from his destiny, blinded by truth. The overall cause of Oedipus ' trragic downfall is his unwillingness to accept his “GOD” given fate. Therefore, Oedipus The King is an example of a tragic hero, in view of the fact that tragic events will happen if you don 't hark your destiny. At the end of the play, he was a blind man who hated himself for his evil deeds. For this reason Oedipus The King can be considered a tragic hero because he committed an action which ultimately
Completion to Admission The barber and Captain Torres have an intense relationship as Torres knows that the barber could kill him at an instant, and the barber knows that he has an opportunity to either be an avenger for his people or a coward murderer. Hernando Tellez keeps the reader interested from the start of the story until the end of the story by developing the characters well and by keeping the plot exciting. Lather and Nothing Else adds a taste of excitement that makes the reader imagine what could happen and how it could turn out to be. Tellez also makes some references to other media and literature like the barber could be related to a novice killer that is nervous and afraid. In addition, he uses a significant amount of literary devices including dramatic irony, interior monologue,