This essay constitutes an examination of the psychology of Okonkwo, who is the main hero in Chinua Achebe’s acclaimed novel, Things Fall Apart. The essay details how Okonkwo struggles to free himself from the negative social image of his father by abandoning his true self and pretending to be the exact opposite of his father. What Okonkwo does and says in the story is not true of who he is, as the essay argues, but an imposed personality curved specifically to contradict that of his late father.
“Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe follows the classic model of a tragedy and can be compared to several works, particularly works from antiquity such as Oedipus the King and stories from Shakespeare such as Macbeth and Hamlet. One of the reasons why this is a tragedy and can be related to so many other tragic works is because the main character, Okonkwo, fits the classic example of a tragic hero. A tragic hero is, by short definition, someone who falls because of a tragic flaw and not necessarily because he is a “bad” or evil person. For this essay, do a character analysis of Okonkwo and map the ways he is a tragic character. For help with this essay, you might want to look back to other works or find ways Okonkwo has good intentions but because of his flaws (pride, anger, etc) cannot see a positive resolution to his troubles. For more assistance with this topic, check out this compared to another tragic character from literature, Oedipus.
Things Fall Apart Okonkwo Character Analysis Essay - …
This short essay examines the psychology of Okonkwo, the hero of Things Fall Apart. While not being a summary or appraisal of the work, the essay strives to critique the character in context of the plot, the themes and other characters in the book, with the objective of identifying the psychological precipitation, evolution, reaction and ultimate disintegration of Okonkwo. To show this, the paper first introduces the book and its thematic concerns. This introduction gives rise to a description of the plot and a brief mention of the other characters in Things Fall Apart.