Okonkwo: A Tragic Hero

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  • During the burial ceremony of Ezeudu, Okonkwo's gun accidentally went off. Ezeudu's sixteen-year-old son drop to the ground and died in a pool of his own blood. Okonkwo was forced to flee his village for seven years.
  • Hamartia: the flaw that causes the downfall.
  • "Why should a man suffer so grievously for an offense he had committed inadvertently?" (Achebe 125).
  • Okonkwo's first son, Nwoye, had been intrigued by the Christian religion. When Okonkwo found out he was not happy. Okonkwo went on a rage of fury and beat Nwoye. After that Nwoye walked away, never to return.
  • Anagnorisis: when they hero makes a critical discovery.
  • "Where have you been?" (Okonkwo 151).
  • Okonkwo was close to being able to go back to Umuofia. He decided he wanted to thank his mother's kinsmen form their kindness by having a feast. His wife thought they should only have two goat, but Okonkwo insisted on having three.
  • Hubris: Extreme pride.
  • "My mother's people have been good to me and I must show my gratitude" (Okonkwo 165)
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