okonkwo a tragic hero

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Jessica Norwood 02574292 The definition of hero is a man admired for his achievements and qualities, especially one displaying great courage. The presence of a hero has been around in nearly every novel of some nature. Throughout the book, Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe presents many aspects of how the tragic hero, Okonkwo, portrays the author's own characterization of a tragic hero. Okonkwo is a tragic hero in the typical sense: although he is a superior character, his tragic flaw, the equation of manliness with rashness, anger, violence, and arrogance brings about his own destruction. Okonkwo, the main protagonist of the novel, expresses many stereotypical personality traits of a hero. The narrator states, "At an early age he had achieved fame as the greatest wrestler in all of the land."(27). In the village Umuofia, where he lived as well as the other tribal villages, this title was held with great esteem. Gaining this title was a huge indicator of ones manliness. Another characteristic of being manly is how well one performs in war. "He was not afraid of war. He was a man of action, a man of war."(").
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course FRESH COMP 003 taught by Professor Morris during the Spring '08 term at Howard.

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