How would you characterize the tragic hero in ” Things Fall Apart”, Okonkwo? Would you say he is an upholder of culture, a man ruled by fear of failure, or however you want to characterize him. ” Things Fall Apart”, Okonkwo

Chinua Achebe is the author of Falling Apart. The setting is the Nigerian community of Umuofia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries (Suhendar, 2022). When reading this book, the period of history is important because it is the period of British colonial history that expanded its economic, cultural and political influence in Africa. The plot of the book follows the ups and downs of the life of Okonkwo, a villager in Umuofia. Okonkwo is portrayed throughout the book as a tragic hero. Okonkwo is a respected leader and a loyal member of his society, but he has one devastating flaw: an acute fear of weakness and failure. Okonkwo has been called a tragic hero because his fall from favor in the Igbo community led to his suicide (Kammampoal & Suuk, 2019). Okonkwo becomes a successful and dignified leader of Umuofia. Okonkwo is the tragic hero of the book Things Fall Apart because his tragic flaws of fear, weakness and failure lead him to commit suicide. continue…

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