Okonkwo's downfall echoes other great tragic heroes in literature such as King Oedipus. Okonkwo is a great leader of his people, a man's man, whose tragedy is driven both by his manly pride and a shameful family legacy. Like Shakespeare's King Lear, Okonkwo's destruction begins first with the destruction of his family, specifically the mistreatment of his children. Also, like Shakespeare's Othello and the many literary legends surrounding King Arthur, Okonkwo is a great warrior, one who has risen from humble beginnings to become a bold, courageous fighter for his people. But these great gifts are cast aside because of real or imagined betrayal. Othello fears his wife's betrayal; Arthur experiences the actual betrayal of his wife and favored knight; and Okonkwo feels betrayed by his clansmen in failing to fight for their beloved Umofia.