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In the novel Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo is portrayed as a respected and determined individual whose fatal flaw eventually works against him.

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In the novel Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo is portrayed as a respected and determined individual whose fatal flaw eventually works against him. Throughout the novel the readers are shown that Okonkwo has many of these Characteristics because he is obsessed with the idea of becoming just like his father. This becomes his flaw in the novel that puts him into exile and makes it hard for him to adjust to the changes that were made within his village. Okonkowo the main protagonist of the book was highly regarded man in the district of Umofia which in all consisted of nine villages. He was a very egoistic man and had great resentment towards women. This resentment may have been caused due to the bad reputation of his father who in his time was lazy and improvident and was quiet an incapable man due to which he was humiliated throughout the society. And soon due to a lot of pressure Unoka died. Okonkowo wanted to be the exact opposite of his father as he wanted to be regarded highly in society. His successes were based wholly on his personal achievements. For example, he was a warrior and wrestler who gained respect through his athletics. ...read more.

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He had a job/title, he had a large family, he was a warrior, and he never needed to borrow excessive amounts of money from the clan. All of Unoka's Characteristics, even the good ones, Okonkwo didn't want to possess them. It was his ignorance along with his flaw that led him to his ultimate fall. His exile from the village. In conclusion, Okonkwo was a perfect example of a tragic hero because he under went each stage. He was loved by all, he had a flaw (which was the obsession of not being just like his father), he took a physical journey (he was exiled from the village), and experienced his down fall (religion had changed in the village and he committed suicide). Tamas Tamas is one of the most important novels written on the theme of partition. Bhisham Sahni won the Sahitya Akademi Award for this novel in 1975. The novel is a relevant document even today because it not only describes the communal violence that accompanied the partition, but it is an important study of anatomy of communal violence. In the course of the study of the novel Sahni studies the genesis of violence, its impact on the masses, and most importantly its impact on the psyche of secular people. ...read more.

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After all, Santiago is an old man whose physical existence is almost over, but the reader is assured that Santiago will persist through Manolin, who, like a disciple, awaits the old man?s teachings and will make use of those lessons long after his teacher has died. Thus, Santiago manages, perhaps, the most miraculous feat of all: he finds a way to prolong his life after death. Santiago?s commitment to sailing out farther than any fisherman has before, to where the big fish promise to be, testifies to the depth of his pride. Yet, it also shows his determination to change his luck. Later, after the sharks have destroyed his prize marlin, Santiago chastises himself for his hubris (exaggerated pride), claiming that it has ruined both the marlin and himself. True as this might be, it is only half the picture, for Santiago?s pride also enables him to achieve his most true and complete self. Furthermore, it helps him earn the deeper respect of the village fishermen and secures him the prized companionship of the boy?he knows that he will never have to endure such an epic struggle again. Santiago?s pride is what enables him to endure, and it is perhaps endurance that matters most in Hemingway?s conception of the world?a world in which death and destruction, as part of the natural order of things, are unavoidable. ...read more.

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