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  • Okonkwo's Actions Lead To His Downfall
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    China Achebe's Things Fall Apart shows an odd similarity between the cultures of Ancient Greece and the Lower Niger. Despite the fact that two societies can exist during different periods of time and have conflicting cultural values, their stories and behavior can have surprising overlaps. Things Fall Apart is structured like a Greek Tragedy in its use of a chorus and in the presence of a tragic hero whose actions ultimately lead to his downfall. The Egwugwu from Things Fall Apart act like the c...
  • Change Nonetheless And Okonkwo
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    After the stock market crash of 1929, hundreds of people ended their lives because they just couldn't cope with the fact that they had lost such a great deal of money. Some had lost their life savings - but most hadn't. In fact, most of them still had enough to live better than a lot of lower-class families. But why had they committed suicide? Many prisoners who have been institutionalized for thirty or forty years have been known to commit suicide not long after they are released. Why? Isn't fr...
  • Man Okonkwo
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    Okonkwo, the main character in China Achebe's novel Things Fall Apart, was a tragic figure. Though he strove to be a good, moral man, his fears and inflexible nature caused him to step out of line with his culture's definition of a good man. Every time he did so, he was in some way chastised or prodded back in the right direction, until finally he went too far and ultimately broke from his society entirely. Okonkwo was not a cruel man. But his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failur...
  • Character Analysis Of Okonkwo In Things Fall Apart
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    Okonkwo is portrayed as a tragic hero, in the novel Things Fall Apart. To uncover the source of Okonkwo's tragic flaw, a glimpse into his past is essential. At first, we see Okonkwo as an arrogant, hardworking, warrior. This is his cultures vision of a great citizen. His father, Unoka was thought of as a failure. He is lazy and does not provide for his family. His culture views him as an unacceptable and an unsuccessful citizen, and Unoka was looked down upon. Okonkwo set a goal to be everything...
  • Okonkwo's Fears Lead To His Actions
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    Okonkwo Fear has a strong ability to control a man's fate. In the novel 'Things Fall Apart' it is evident that Okonkwo's fear of being weak leads to his excile. China Achebe's novel was set in Eastern Niagara in the late 19th century at a time of their colonization by the British. Throughout the novel Okonkwo demonstrates that he doesn't wont to be like his father, Eze udu. This leads to Okonkwo's terrible choices which cause him to sin against his culture and his tribe and allows him too believ...

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