first few chapters suggests that Okonkwo had a high social standard not only in the shape of titles, but as being the most important man in nine villages referred to in the previous passage. Certain events lead to the total fall of these once respectable men. In Things Fall Apart Okonkwo is seen as a big, powerful man and is feared by almost everyone. The character must also have ordinary human qualities, and must have a tragic flaw that leads to his downfall. This shows us that Okonkwo has an ordinary positive human quality which is fondness and caring for other people. He is a mixture of good characteristics and bad ones. Another quality we find common in certain people especially in people who have a tough character is that they do not express any feelings of love and tenderness but keep them deep inside them. The second condition for a character to be a tragic hero according to Aristotle is that he should share common human qualities and concerns.
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It was deeper and more intimate than the fear of evil and capricious gods and of magic, the fear of the forest, and of the forces of nature, malevolent, red in tooth and claw. The character must be better or greater than his fellows in the sense that he is of a higher than ordinary social significance. In the case of Okonkwo, his flaw is obviously his fear of weakness. The first characteristic of a tragic hero according to Aristotles definition is that the character must be larger than life. This is clear in the description of how he manages his household, Okonkwo ruled his household with a heavy hand. This manner we can still see in the case of ordinary people, which supports the second requirement of Aristotle for a character to be named a tragic hero that is having ordinary human qualities. Is Okonkwo a tragic hero?