The Question and Answer section for Things Fall Apart is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
“Okonkwo was popularly called the ‘Roaring Flame.’ As he looked into the log fire he recalled the name. He was a flaming fire” (Page 153)
“. . . Okonkwo's fame had grown like a bush-fire in the harmattan . . .” (Page 1)
That would be the death of Ezeudu, one of the great elders of the clan.
Okonkwo fits the definition of the tragic hero. Proud, ambitious, and ill-tempered, Okonkwo has managed to rise from nothing to become one of the strongest and prosperous men in the village. Okonkwo, however, is a man of absolutes. His often...