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  • Analysing Okonkwo

  •   Turning and turning in the widening gyre

      The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

      Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

      Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

      The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

      The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

      The best lack all conviction, while the worst

      Are full of passionate intensity.

      Surely some revelation is at hand;

      Surely the Second Coming is at hand.

    W. B. Yeats, 1919

  •   Turning and turning in the widening gyre

      The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

      Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

      Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

      The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

      The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

      The best lack all conviction, while the worst

      Are full of passionate intensity.

      Surely some revelation is at hand;

      Surely the Second Coming is at hand.

    1. What is the widening gyre?

    2. Who is the falcon, who the falconer?

    3. What has fallen apart?

    4. Does colonial rule = mere anarchy?

    5. What is the ceremony of innocence?

    6. Why does Okonkwo lack conviction?

    7. What revelation is at hand?

    8. What is the Second Coming? How

    does it apply to Things Fall Apart?

    W. B. Yeats, 1919

  • “Let me first make one general point that is fundamental and essential to

    the appreciation of African issues by Americans. Africans are people in the

    same way that Americans, Europeans, Asians, and others are people.

    Africans are not some strange beings with unpronounceable names and

    impenetrable minds. Although the action of Things Fall Apart takes place in

    a setting with which most Americans are unfamiliar, the characters are

    normal people and their events are real human events.”

    Chinua Achebe

  • Conflicts

  • Conflicts

    Generational:

  • Conflicts

    Generational:

    • Okonkwo vs. Unoka

  • Conflicts

    Generational:

    • Okonkwo vs. Unoka • Okonkwo vs. Nwoye

  • Conflicts

    Generational:

    • Okonkwo vs. Unoka • Okonkwo vs. Nwoye

    Cultural:

  • Conflicts

    Generational:

    • Okonkwo vs. Unoka • Okonkwo vs. Nwoye

    Cultural:

    • Igbo vs. Colonizers

  • Conflicts

    Generational:

    • Okonkwo vs. Unoka • Okonkwo vs. Nwoye

    Cultural:

    • Igbo vs. Colonizers • Tradition vs. Christianity

  • Conflicts

    Generational:

    • Okonkwo vs. Unoka • Okonkwo vs. Nwoye

    Cultural:

    • Igbo vs. Colonizers • Tradition vs. Christianity • Assimilation vs. resistance

  • Conflicts

    Generational:

    • Okonkwo vs. Unoka • Okonkwo vs. Nwoye

    Cultural:

    • Igbo vs. Colonizers • Tradition vs. Christianity • Assimilation vs. resistance

    Gender:

  • Conflicts

    Generational:

    • Okonkwo vs. Unoka • Okonkwo vs. Nwoye

    Cultural:

    • Igbo vs. Colonizers • Tradition vs. Christianity • Assimilation vs. resistance

    Gender:

    • Okonkwo vs. his wives

  • The Tragic Hero

  • The Tragic Hero 1. Enjoys an exalted position in society either by birth or due to

    extraordinary achievements.

  • The Tragic Hero 1. Enjoys an exalted position in society either by birth or due to

    extraordinary achievements.

    2. Demonstrates wisdom, moral or philosophical greatness and (sometimes) physical prowess.

  • The Tragic Hero 1. Enjoys an exalted position in society either by birth or due to

    extraordinary achievements.

    2. Demonstrates wisdom, moral or philosophical greatness and (sometimes) physical prowess.

    3. Adheres to and exemplifies a code of conduct including reverence toward the laws of god and the universe, loyalty to family, and respect for government.

  • The Tragic Hero 1. Enjoys an exalted position in society either by birth or due to

    extraordinary achievements.

    2. Demonstrates wisdom, moral or philosophical greatness and (sometimes) physical prowess.

    3. Adheres to and exemplifies a code of conduct including reverence toward the laws of god and the universe, loyalty to family, and respect for government.

    4. Possesses a flaw in personality or psyche that ultimately causes their downfall.

  • Tragic Flaw

  • Tragic Flaw • The quality that ultimately defeats a noble hero.

  • Tragic Flaw

    1. What are Okonkwo’s flaws?

    • The quality that ultimately defeats a noble hero.

  • Tragic Flaw

    1. What are Okonkwo’s flaws?

    uncontrollable anger

    • The quality that ultimately defeats a noble hero.

  • Tragic Flaw

    1. What are Okonkwo’s flaws?

    uncontrollable anger

    inflexibility

    • The quality that ultimately defeats a noble hero.

  • Tragic Flaw

    1. What are Okonkwo’s flaws?

    uncontrollable anger

    inflexibility

    intolerant of others

    • The quality that ultimately defeats a noble hero.

  • Tragic Flaw

    1. What are Okonkwo’s flaws?

    uncontrollable anger

    inflexibility

    intolerant of others

    dissatisfied with his son

    • The quality that ultimately defeats a noble hero.

  • Tragic Flaw

    1. What are Okonkwo’s flaws?

    uncontrollable anger

    inflexibility

    intolerant of others

    dissatisfied with his son

    impetuous, careless

    • The quality that ultimately defeats a noble hero.

  • Tragic Flaw

    1. What are Okonkwo’s flaws?

    uncontrollable anger

    inflexibility

    intolerant of others

    dissatisfied with his son

    impetuous, careless

    afraid to show feelings

    • The quality that ultimately defeats a noble hero.

  • Tragic Flaw

    1. What are Okonkwo’s flaws?

    uncontrollable anger

    inflexibility

    intolerant of others

    dissatisfied with his son

    impetuous, careless

    afraid to show feelings

    will not admit to being wrong

    • The quality that ultimately defeats a noble hero.

  • Tragic Flaw

    1. What are Okonkwo’s flaws?

    uncontrollable anger

    inflexibility

    intolerant of others

    dissatisfied with his son

    impetuous, careless

    afraid to show feelings

    will not admit to being wrong

    afraid of being perceived as weak

    • The quality that ultimately defeats a noble hero.

  • Tragic Flaw

    1. What are Okonkwo’s flaws?

    uncontrollable anger

    inflexibility

    intolerant of others

    dissatisfied with his son

    impetuous, careless

    afraid to show feelings

    will not admit to being wrong

    afraid of being perceived as weak

    • The quality that ultimately defeats a noble hero.

    • Does Okonkwo possess a tragic flaw?

  • Is Okonkwo a Hero?

  • Is Okonkwo a Hero?

    • An epic hero, like Odysseus, is typically set apart from other characters by their capacity to endure many trials and tribulations.

  • Is Okonkwo a Hero?

    • An epic hero, like Odysseus, is typically set apart from other characters by their capacity to endure many trials and tribulations.

    • A tragic hero, like Oedipus, is typically a person of consequence brought down by an inner conflict or by his own tragic flaw.

  • Is Okonkwo a Hero?

    • An epic hero, like Odysseus, is typically set apart from other characters by their capacity to endure many trials and tribulations.

    • A tragic hero, like Oedipus, is typically a person of consequence brought down by an inner conflict or by his own tragic flaw.

  • Is Okonkwo a Hero?

    • An epic hero, like Odysseus, is typically set apart from other characters by their capacity to endure many trials and tribulations.

    • A tragic hero, like Oedipus, is typically a person of consequence brought down by an inner conflict or by his own tragic flaw.

    Is Okonkwo an epic hero, a tragic hero, or is he a hero at all?

  • Is Okonkwo a Hero?

    • An epic hero, like Odysseus, is typically set apart from other characters by their capacity to endure many trials and tribulations.

    • A tragic hero, like Oedipus, is typically a person of consequence brought down by an inner conflict or by his own tragic flaw.

    Is Okonkwo an epic hero, a tragic hero, or is he a hero at all?

    Write a detailed response. (600 - 800 words)

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