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    According to (Tonner. 2008), Aristotle’s definition of tragic hero is that a tragic hero is a character who is noble or man of high status, has flaw in his character and commits the crime. Upon committing the crime, the character realizes his mistakes and has tragic death at the end of the play. Similarly, in “The Things Fall Apart”, by Chinua Achebe, Okonkwo, the main character in the play can be considered as tragic hero because he fulfills all the criteria set by Aristotle such as being a noble or high status, having a tragic flaw, commits the crime which leads to realization and at the end he has tragic death. Most of the tragic heroes are noble by birth or man of high status, but in case of Okonkwo, he was born to a lazy man and was certainly not a man of high status and noble by birth. However, he does have

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    The tale of the Igbo in Chinua Achebe’s novel, Things Fall Apart, is a progressive story of change in a culture. Okonkwo, a well respected warrior and leader in the tribe of Umuofia stands center stage as readers follow his life as a man in a disintegrating culture. With the arrival of missionaries, banishments, and an abundance of yams, Okonkwo’s story helps paint a picture of British imperialism in Africa during the 19th century. As the progression of the story picks up steam, Okonkwo’s fear, defiance, and traditionalism are the driving forces, they control his life, his family, and leave an imprint upon his village and the British.

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    If Things Fall Apart had been written is a different time, how and why might it differ? Chinua Achebe, the author of the post-colonial novel Things Fall Apart, founded a Nigerian literary movement which wrote about the traditional oral culture of its indigenous peoples in the 1950’s. Achebe sought to convey understanding of this culture in response to novels, such as Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, which portray native Africans as primitive, socially backward and language-less. In his novel, Achebe shatters the stereotypical European litera-ture in which Africans are described as primitive and mindless savages. "The writer cannot be excused from the task of re-education and regeneration that must be done.

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    The Decisive Factor that Causes the Disintegration of Igbo Culture The African Culture’s disintegration is one crucial problem Achebe gives concerns to in Things Fall Apart. He expresses that factors inside culture and the invading colonial culture that jointly lead to this “fall apart”. Contrary to conventional postcolonial discourse that places western physical and cultural invasion at the center of the blame, Achebe’s implicit claim in Things Fall Apart attributes the ultimate disintegration of the Igbo society to the social structure that inherently classify people into different groups. No doubt, without the invasion of the colonists, African culture will not start falling apart.

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    Have you ever read a novel about African cultures and traditions from African point of view? The novel Things Fall Apart, a tragedy by Chinua Achebe, centers on one tragic hero in Igbo village of Umuofia in Nigeria and the effects of European arrival on his life and Igbo clan. Throughout the novel, Achebe introduces Igbo customs to the reader by creating several occurrences and how they react on them to claim that the Igbo is civilized before the Europeans arrive. The significant difference between Igbo and Western cultures is the way wisdom is passed on: Igbo oral traditions transmit values and knowledge orally by allegorical tales, while Western literary traditions educate people through generations by written texts, just like the novel itself.

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    to do that now because he has money. He can afford a beautiful wife who can bare him with more children if he pleases. However, the part that is so shocking is that O-lan has stuck by Wang Lung’s side throughout his ups and downs. But as soon as he is wealthy again she is not good enough for him, he could have bound her feet an bought her oil for her hair and small things that could make her more beautiful but instead he found another women that was more beautiful. Then he yelled at her as if it was her fault that she wasn 't beautiful like the rest of the wealthy men’s wives.

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    The novel Things Fall Apart written by Chinua Achebe presents the strengths and imperfections of the Igbo tradition by describing the worship of their gods and the practices in their ritual ceremonies. Achebe uses detail, proverbs, and symbolism to reveal the tradition and challenge of tradition to the Igbo people. The feast of New Yam is an event that is celebrated every year before the harvest, as a way of giving thanks to the goddess, Ani, and the source of all fertility. During the celebration old yams are disposed of to symbolize the upcoming arrival of the new yams of the year. The festival is similar to our present day Thanksgiving because of its symbolism of welcoming a new year 's harvest and the food that we eat with our families.

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    Within the novel “Things Fall Apart,” the author, Chinua Achebe, explained how a warrior named Okonkwo was a victim of himself. Okonkwo was a victim of tragic events that surrounded his life. These events eventually lead him to his fate. Okonkwo had a father who was weak, and he was a failure in the eyes of the men of the village, Umuofia. Okonkwo’s worst fear was to be the kind of man his father was, so he tried his best not to let his fear become a reality.

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    In the story “Things Fall Apart”, Okonkwo is a character who is recognized as a successful wrestler, and a strong leader in the village Umuofia. Okonkwo is exiled to his mother’s village called Mbanta for seven years for killing Ezeudu’s sixteen-year-old son. Okonkwo finds out that his son Nwoye has joined Christianity and takes exception to it. Okonkwo beats Nwoye because he joins Christianity because he still hasn’t forgiven Okonkwo for killing Ikemefuna. Okonkwo has a response to the collision of his culture.

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    The Search for Nwoye’s Identity. Our lives leads us in different directions. Nwoye at first struggled with identity, but then he found himself through Christianity. For the first time he desired something other than satisfying his father.

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    Within the book Things Fall Apart, a chi was what a man and woman used as a personal god. To help further explain this, we can understand a chi by comparing it to a Christian concept that we are more familiar with. This concept is expressed as a guardian angel. Just as a guardian angel does, a chi would follow his or her person throughout their entire life and would either demonstrate compassion or vindictive conduct in relation to their person's life. It was said that if an individual were to say yes then their personal chi was saying yes as well.

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    In things fall apart the author Chinua Achebe talks in first person about Okonkwo being very passionate about family because he really never had one. As far as Okonkwo not having a stable family all because his father Unoka was not around. His father was more important with gambling and putting the family in debt. As in things fall apart the author Chinua Achebe displayed the importance of valuing family through plot and tone. Okonkwo was a very powerful person that considered the whole Umuofia as family.

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    “Life can only be understood backwards; it must be lived forwards “ -Soren Kierkegaard In the novel Things Fall Apart,by Chinua Achebe, Okonkwo is driven by his past. Specifically his relationship with his father, Unoka who was a failure in village standards; he was poor, owed a lot of debt, and was too lazy to do anything about it. Okonkwo saw this as weakness and swore that he would live his life as a stark contrast from his father. Okonkwo’s motivations, interactions, and development of his character and his society suggest that he is a Byronic hero.

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    Things Fall Apart Essay Raising a child should never have one goal, but multiple. The book “Things Fall Apart” was written by Chinua Achebe. Okonkwo wants to raise his son to be the opposite of his father Unoka whereas, he raises him with fear and abuse. One of the goals in the book is to show whether Okonkwo accomplishes his goal.

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    Throughout the book Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, there are many references to the protagonist’s necessity to be recognized for his masculinity. Okonkwo, the protagonist, despises his father for his unsuccessfulness, and Okonkwo is motivated to become a prosperous man. His fear of being weak determines his actions in difficult situations, which causes an internal conflict. Eventually, this fear overwhelms Okonkwo, and he commits suicide. Okonkwo’s desire to be masculine in opposition to his father creates an internal conflict established in his fear of being thought weak, which ultimately leads to his death.

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    In Chapter 17 of Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart, the character Nwoye gives off the personality of someone who wants to be different and not follow into someone else 's footsteps. Nwoye can’t seem to find his identity in the Ibo culture. So once he has introduced himself to this new culture that opposite from his, he starts to interest into it. Nwoye is Okonkwo’s eldest son and it seems that he turned out to be the least like him. Negative things have happened that drove Nwoye to seek out a new culture.

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    In Chinua Achebe’s novel, Things Fall Apart, Nwoye battles an internal conflict of whether to stay on his tribe’s side, or to go against them. Nwoye ultimately resolves this conflict by choosing to follow the British instead of his father; however, this choice also illustrates his true character as both timid and bold. Nwoye’s decision to following the British also reveals the universal theme that you can settle on a path that you choose instead of following a path you were designated to follow. Nwoye struggles to choose which path to take, his father’s or the British.

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    In the book “Things Fall Apart” written by Chinua Achebe, the main character “Okonkwo” is led down an unexpected path that would soon end in his demise. Okonkwo is a strong and respected man in his village of Umuofia. Okonkwo grew up with a fear of weakness and failure that leads him down his path that he grew to hate. Okonkwo’s fate happened because of his fear of weakness and his obsession with getting rid of weakness in his village. Okonkwo’s fear didn’t happen by himself, it happened because of his father.

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    Things Fall apart “A proud heart can survive a general failure because such a failure does not prick its pride. It is more and more bitter when a man fails alone.” (Achebe 25). Chinua Achebe’s story describes how a man who has everything, can still be as unhappy as a man who feels they have nothing. A man named Okonkwo, who has everything a man in his position can dream of having.

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    Things Fall Apart is a novel written by Nigerian author Chinua Achebe and it follows the Igbo tribe in Nigeria, and the influence of British colonialism and Christian missionaries on the tribe. Okonkwo, the main character of Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart, fits into description of Aristotel's tragic hero. Aristotles definition of the tragic hero and his downfall is: ''the character between these two extremes,—that of a man who is not eminently good and just,-yet whose misfortune is brought about not by vice or depravity, but by some error or frailty. He must be one who is highly renowned and prosperous,—a personage like Oedipus, Thyestes, or other illustrious men of such families.

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