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In Things Fall Apart, what is Okonkwo's tragic flaw?

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successyes | Valedictorian

Posted August 3, 2012 at 3:08 AM via web

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In Things Fall Apart, what is Okonkwo's tragic flaw?

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pickford | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted August 3, 2012 at 4:29 PM (Answer #1)

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Okonkwo's tragic flaw, is, as in classical literature, hubris or pride.  He fears being viewed as weak or feminine (as his father was viewed), and this fear causes him to act rashly.  His rash actions cause his banishment and alienation from his son, who eventually abandons him to join the Christian missonaries.  Interestingly, Achebe compares Okonkwo's pride in the first half of the novel to the western colonizers' pride in the second half of the novel. 

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etotheeyepi | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted August 3, 2012 at 5:26 AM (Answer #2)

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Okonkwo reminds me of Titus in Titus Andronicus, whose flaw was his sense of honor and duty.

http://www.enotes.com/titus-andronicus/q-and-a/titus-tragic-hero-villain-48693

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