Is Okonkwo a tragic hero?

Is Okonkwo a tragic hero?

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  •  "But his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of weakness" (Achebe 13).
  • Okonkwo trying to always be strong and never show weakness.
  • Beating his wives during the Week of Peace.
  • "But Okonkwo was not the man to stop beating somebody half-way through, not even for fear of a goddess"(Achebe 30)
  • When Okonkwo accidentally killed someone and was exiled to his mother land. 
  • "Okonkwo's gun had exploded and a piece of iron had pierced the boy's heart." (Achebe 124).
  • "He knew that Umuofia would not go to war"(Achebe 205).
  •  "Okonkwo was ruled by one passion-to hate everything that his father Unkoa loved." (Achebe 13).
  • We feel pity for him when we see how he killed himself.
  • Obierka states, "That man was one of the greatest men in Umuofia. You drove him to kill himself; and now he will be buried like a dog..."  (Achebe 208).
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