Outline for essay over Things Fall Apart Thesis: Achebe defines Things Falls Apart as a tragedy through Okonkwo, who is a tragic hero, and by the pity and fear aroused in the reader.
I. Introduction A. Author's last name and Book title B. Aristotle's definition of tragedy C. Function of a tragedy, according to Aristotle D. Thesis II. Okonkwo as tragic hero A. Okonkwo is high-ranking -- part of the egwugwus (87-94) B. Okonkwo is dignified - Wrestled and won "The Cat" (3) C. Courageous - went many times into battle and "earned his first head" (54) D. Downfall 1. By Tragic Flaw - inadaptability 2. By uncontrollable events 3. Wisdom gained - realized he must adapt, but cannot--so he hangs himself III. The pity aroused by Achebe A. The people do not like Okonkwo for his treatment of less successful men (26).
B. Death of Ikemefuna (87) C. Okonkwo beats Nwoye, due to his attraction to the Christian faith.(148-153)
IV. The fear aroused by Achebe A. When Okonkwo learns that Ikemefuna must die, the reader fears that he will die, and how he will end up dying. (87) B. When the priestess says that Agbala wishes to speak to Enzima, we wonder (also due to Ekwefi's fear) C. Fear is aroused when the conflict develops between Okonkwo and Nwoye over the argument of Nwoye's desire to be a Christian V. Conclusion A. Restatement of Thesis B. Concluding Remarks Things Fall Apart: A Tragedy Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, is book about a man named Okonkwo, who is part of the Ibo culture of the mid-first millennium of AD. Aristotle defines a tragedy as a work that provides catharsis by the use of a tragic hero who is within a tragic setting or environment. Achebe reveals Things...