Okonkwo's tragic flaws

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  • Tragic Flaw: Fear of becoming his father
  • The personality traits and life of Unoka
  • Okonkwo's son Nwoye
  • Okonkwo is a hard working person and doesn't like to sit around and not do anything, His father was a debtor and couldn't really support his family and Okonkwo didn't want to become like his father when he was older.
  • Before Okonkwo's fame
  • Unoka was lazy, improvident, and a debtor "Unoka, the grown-up was a failure. He was poor and his wife and children and had barely enough to eat. People laughed at him because he was a loafer, and they swore never to lend him money because he wouldn't pay back" Pg.5
  • When Okonkwo Broke the Peace
  • Okonkwo viewed his son Nwoye as being lazy and has seen he was becoming like his father. "Okonkwo's first son, Nwoye was then twelve years old but was already causing his father great anxiety for his incipient laziness. At any rate, that was how it looked to his father, and he sought to correct him by constant nagging and beating." Pg.13-14
  • Okonkwo and feasts
  • Before  Okonkwo's fame had grown he had to build himself up to become better than his father since during his childhood he wasn't getting no support from him."He neither inherited a barn nor a title, nor even a young wife. But in spite of these the fou ndations of a prosperous future.It was slow and painful. But he threw himself into it like one possessed. And indeed he was possessed by the fear of his father's contemptible life and shameful death." Pg.18 
  • Okonkwo got angry over his 3rd wife plaiting her hair instead of making the afternoon meal, during that time it was the peace week but okonkwo still beat his wife when she came back. "In his anger he had forgotten that it was the week of peace. His first two wives ran out in great alarm pleading with him that it was the sacred week. But Okonkwo was not even the man to stop beating somebody halfway through, not even for the fear of a goddess. Pg. 29-30
  • Okonkwo doesn't like feast because there is no work being done, and relating to his father all his father would do is eat,sleep, and drink all day. "But somehow Okonkwo could never be as enthusiastic over feasts as most people. He was a good eater and could drink one or two fairly big gourds of palm wine. But he was always uncomfortable sitting around for days waiting for a feast or getting over it. Pg.36
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