What makes the death of Okonkwo meaning (courage or coward) in Things Fall Apart?

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copelmat | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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From my point of view, I think we are meant to see Okonkwo's suicide as an act of cowardice. Although you could argue that his death is also an act of rebellion against the injustice of the British, the act runs completely contrary to the beliefs and mores of the Ibo people. For this reason, it is an act of cowardice.

His suicide is also the final act of Okonkwo's tragic flaw as a character that we see throughout Things Fall Apart: his near obsession with not appearing weak in the eyes of others.