Antigone also suffers more than she deserves, which is a common trait for tragic heros. Her parents, Jocasta and Oedipus, killed themselves because of the humility of their fate. Polyneices and Eteocles killed each other during battle when they ran each other through with spears. Since Creon deemed Polyneices a traitor, he left his body on the battlefield and made it against the law for anyone to bury him. This is ultimately the reason of Antigone’s death.
Reverend Dimmesdale was a notable preacher in his town who committed adultery with Hester Prynne, conceived a child, and suffered greatly from secret guilt. He kept his sin hidden from the community, knowing that staining his reputation will ruin his life as the moral leader of the town. He instead suffered quietly to himself, knowing that God is aware of his wrongdoing and will punish him justly. He felt such shame in his heart that he drove himself to the point of physical sickness. Dimmesdale ultimately died after revealing his sin to the townspeople many years later.
A character that makes decisions that impact his life and the lives of others is Okonkwo. Okonkwo has constantly made decisions that affect his life and others, such as his family, mostly in a bad way. Decisions that Okonkwo has made that affected himself and other people are killing Ikemefuna when he was not supposed to, killing a clansman during Ezeudu 's funeral, and committing suicide after he killed the messenger who was sent from the white man to stop Okonkwo 's meeting. One bad decision that Okonkwo has made that affected his life and others is him killing Ikemefuna. Ever since Ikemefuna was sent to live with Okonkwo they had a close relationship and Ikemefuna even calls Okonkwo father.
The hatred that he had for his father he carried with him throughout his whole life. That hatred turned into him killing Ikemefuna and the messenger. Ikemefuna was thought of as a son and he killed him in fear of being considered weak in front of his clan members. That weakness was thought of his weakness which was considered a failure. At the end of the story Okonkwo ends up being just like his father which is ironic because he strived to be nothing like him.
From being nothing in his village he rises to be a great, honorable, successful leader of umuofia. He also has a tragic flaw of being weak, failure and having fear that leads him to fail at things several times because of his fears. All of these failures then lead him to his suicide. Finally, he finds his own tragic fate because of his murder of the missionaries court messenger during his villages meeting. Though Okonkwo's life started out as one of the most successful and leading men of Umuofia but because of his violent and impulsive characteristics, even the most successful and well-respected man can fall from his
But as we see from the story the benightedness of the towns people revolted in an innocent man being hung. Attics Finch attempts to cease the racism/wild dog . But it ends up with Tom Robinson dead. Mayella who was in love with Tom Robinson could not disappoint her father , her father drunk , comes
In Things Fall Apart, the main hero Okonkwo is the central character viewing tragic hero. The 1958 novel has depicted the series of tragedy about an ambitious man. Chinua Achebe, the writer reveals fear of social compromise, worst crime, masculinity, harshness, Colonisation and its impact. Okonkwo being the proud man in the Igbo society dedicate in preserving his heritage, culture ancestors and clans. He being traditional and inflexible man of fear from falling opposes to change his Igbo village to modernise into new world.
For example Oedipus says, “ For whoever he was who killed that man would as soon kill me with that same violent hand.” although he is the killer. Another example of irony is when Oedipus declares no one is allowed to speak to the person responsible for the curse of thebes, he says “ I decree no one shall receive him or speak to him nor make him partner in prayers to the gods or sacrifices.” although he is the one who brought the curse upon them. The use of Symbolism brought the forth the key to Oedipus figuring out his identity. The scars on his feet highlight he has been in pain since birth. It also emphasizes his ignorance ,since the scars are the keys to figuring out his identity.
Okonkwo 's life and eventual suicide occur as the results of universal justice, punishing him for his immense hatred of any cultural change and excessive violence. Okonkwo 's immense hatred of cultural change lead him to suicide as a result of the Igbo idea of universal justice. After his son Nwoye joined the Christians and left Okonkwo and his family, “A sudden fury rose within [Okonkwo] and he felt a strong desire to take up his
Aristotle described a Tragic Hero as a superior man of lofty class who plays tragic imperfections and discovers his fate by his own proceedings. Similarly, in Chinua Achebe’s novel “Things Fall Apart”, Okonkwo is a protagonist and also considered a tragic hero who commits tragic flaws, experiences a remarkable reversal and recognition, who holds a position of power and prestige in Umuofia but his tragic flaw is his fear of weakness and failure and later discovering his fate soon after his action. Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond. Okonkwo’s tragedy did not only involve him and his family, it also involved the whole society. He started as a sharecropper with no inheritance from his father.