No Longer At Ease
No Longer At Ease
by Chinua Achebe
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Character Role Analysis

Obi Okonkwo

Obi is more of an anti-hero than a classic hero. Though sympathize with him and want him to succeed, the truth is that his goals are not goals we can support. Of course we want him to succeed in refraining from corruption, but we know from the beginning that he fails. So instead, we are constantly aware of all the aspects of his character that lead to his downfall – his pride, his self-righteousness, his flawed reasoning, his stubbornness, and the way he holds onto love (and Clara) even though every friend and family member and, indeed, Clara herself tell him to let go.

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