The Story of a Tragic Hero; Okonkwo

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  • Hamartia: the flaw that causes the downfall
  • The Story of a Tragic Hero; Okonkwo
  • Okonkwo's biggest flaw was his fear of being seen as weak. He always tried to be the exact opposite of his father.
  • Hubris: Extreme pride
  • His pride of not showing any emotions towards anything causes his biggest disgrace.
  • Peripeteia: a reversal of fortune
  • Okonkwo's foolish mistake of killing a clansman causes his fortune to change for he was exiled and lost all his belongings.
  • Anagnorisis: When the hero makes a critical discovery.
  • After Ikemefuna's death, Okonkwo realizes that he loved Ikemefuna more than he though. This leads Okonkwo to fall into a deep depression.
  • After his 5 years of exile Okonkwo returned to Umoufia but just to realize that everything had changed and that he was not the same respected man he once was.
  • Nemesis: a fate that cannot be reversed
  • Catharsis: Is the tone (pity/feat) that the audience is left with at the end
  • Finally, Okonkwo ends up committing suicide just like his father, but is in fact not thrown into the evil forest like tradition states but is buried. This man sure did make history in Umoufia!
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