Things Fall Apart written by Chinua Achebe is set in Umouofia, the hometown of Okonkwo.  Okonkwo is the main character who is hubristic, aggressive, and belligerent.  Unlike his father, Unoka, Okonkwo enjoys wrestling and fighting and tries to be opposite from his father who is weak and irresponsible.  Okonkwo works hard and is very wealthy.  He is also a successful farmer, a strong wrestler, and a fierce warrior who has three wives and several children.  There are various incidents which occur to let Okonkwo know that his wrath and manliness are not the true values in life.  However, after all, he cannot give up his stubbornness and finally collapses when the white missionaries come to live among the Umouofians.  Okonkwo realizes himself not able to adapt to the changing society and chooses death rather than change.

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Many events and actions led to Okonkwo’s downfall which made him a tragic hero.  In the beginning of Things Fall Apart, Okonkwo’s father, Unoka is mentioned as “ lazy and improvident and was quite incapable of thinking about tomorrow”(pg.4).

Also, it is possible to find that he was a failure, a poor, and a loafer.  “You, Unoka, are known in all the clan for the weakness of your machete and your hoe”(pg.18).  On the other hand, Okonkwo is mentioned as “. . . tall and huge . . . pounce on people quite often . . . had no ...

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