Okonkwo Tragic Hero

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In his poem "The Second Coming," W.B. Yeats describes, "Things Fall Apart, the center cannot hold Mere anarchy upon the world" (Yeats 3-4). In Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, the main leader at the time (Okonkwo) was at the top of his game until change came. Missionaries began to invade the land and spread the gospel, ultimtley ruining okonkwo authority over his people. After things began to change, Okonkwo could not deal deal with being "second best" that he ultimately chose to end his life. A tragic hero is someone that has numerous character flaws, leading to the person's failure. Okonkwo's struggle to accept his his weakness that ultimately to his suicide, showing he is not a tragic hero. Okonkwo does not achieve self knowledge and catharsis because he blames the…show more content…
Change happened so rapidly that Okonkwo seemed overwhelmed. Not only was he losing power, exiled from his land but also his own family began converting to Christianity. It started off as just white man entering; within a few weeks they had established themselves (Achebe 190). For this reason alone Okonkwo is not a tragic hero. He never achieves self knowledge because not even he knows his emotions or motives, nor does he have a moment of enlightenment. Okonkow made an excuse for committing suicide and used the missionaries colonizing as a way to escape. Instead of rolling with the punches, he decided to kill himself. Learning change is key for happiness because not everything in life will be perfect. Okonkwo was obsessed with being #1 and having complete control that when he lost it, he had no idea what to do with himself. Having a mentality like that is dangerous because power comes and goes frequently to different successors and when its loved so much, then its gone it can be

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