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If you look over Okonkwo's actions, it can sometimes be difficult to look past his immense insecurity to his also immense pride but it is there. His absolute unwillingness to listen to others, including dear friends, is part of what leads to his fall, something that tragic heroes often share.
He is also one that rises to a position of nobility prior to his fall as he is accorded great respect as a man with many wives, titles, and an incredibly strong warrior both in battle and in the wrestling ring.
His suffering is also meaningful, though it might not be cathartic in the story, his story itself carries great meaning as a metaphor for the life of the Ibo tribes in Nigeria.
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