What are the positive and negative situations of Okonkwo that are exacerbated by his positive and negative characteristics?

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One of the great attributes that Okonkwo has is his great powerful stature and appearance and he uses it to great effect in battle and in working very hard to grow and harvest a good living for his family.  But he cannot take pride or pleasure in this great power thanks to his incredible insecurity.  It often drives him to lose his temper and do things that he later regrets.  So this positive thing often becomes a negative one due to his insecurity and inability to control his temper.

Another positive trait in Okonkwo is his great loyalty both to his family and to the traditions of the Igbo.  This brings him great renown due to his several wives and success in war but it also leads to great conflict and eventually his death because of his inability to be flexible in any way.  In this way what is again a positive aspect of his personality becomes a negative one.