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I will pay for the following essay Elements of Tragedy from Oedipus the King and Things Fall Apart. The essay is to be 6 pages with three to five sources, with in-text citations and a reference page.

Oedipus the King and Things Fall Apart are stories whose protagonists have squinted their ways to their tragic fate as they urge their not meticulous acts. Both stories have an almost the same nature of making lamentable endings for the main characters who suffered loss of reputation and dignity for themselves. The comparisons for the two stories could serve as a switch to an insight understanding of the tragedy that could flash a relieving thought for the readers. Oedipus and Okonkwo were introduced as heroes. Oedipus, king of Thebes, was able to save his land from a monster while Okonkwo defeated a cat through wrestling. Both of the protagonists in two different stories portrayed strength and courage, and they were considered as the greatest in their times. However, the preamble scenes of the stories described the nature of Sophocles and Achebe as authors. Sophocles was influenced by the Greek literature because he tackled about gods such as Apollo. Achebe was influenced by his race as a Nigerian because the setting of the story depicted a Nigerian culture. In both stories, the protagonists were introduced as important members in their respective communities. Oedipus was hailed as the king of Thebes and the one who defeated the Sphinx while Okonkwo “had brought honour to his village by throwing Amalinze the Cat” (who was the greatest wrestler in all the villages from where he came from) (Achebe). They both rose to power from virtually nothing. Oedipus was an abandoned child who fled from his foster parents and gained fame only by his wits in defeating the great Sphinx while Okonkwo was the son of the lazy Unoka, who left him with nothing. He had to work hard from a young age to reach where he was in the story. Though wit and hard work may be very good qualities, they both shared the same fault, as well. They were both short-tempered individuals. It is this temper of theirs that ultimately led to them hurting others as well as themselves. In fact, in Achebe’s story, he was described as having “a slight stammer and whenever he was angry and could not get his words out quickly enough, he would use his fists. He had no patience with unsuccessful men.” It was with this kind of rage that he killed the messenger of the missionaries. Oedipus was no different. It was in a fit of rage when he killed the previous king Laius, who was his true father. For all their strength and their statuses in their communities, they both ended their stories despairing and defeated. Oedipus’s failure to avert his cruel fate, the death of his mother and wife, Jocasta, and the realization that he was the one that caused the city’s problems drove him to blind himself as punishment. He then exiled himself from the city to lift the curse on the people of Thebes. Okonkwo hung himself after failing to stir his people to revolution against the missionaries. For two great men who were once revered as heroes, such a fate was shameful and cruel. It was also worth mentioning the fact that these two heroes brought upon themselves their own misfortune. Their rage was certainly a big factor affecting their decisions leading to their fates. Oedipus killed his father in anger and found out the ruinous truth about his past by being stubborn and threatening everyone who knows anything to tell him about his past leading him to despair and regret.

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