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by Chinua Achebe

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InĀ Things Fall Apart, where does Oknokwo go to live and with whom?

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In chapter 13, Okonkwo attends Ogbuefi Ezeudu's funeral, which is a turbulent, exciting ceremony. Ogbuefi Ezeudu was the oldest man in his village and an esteemed warrior who had earned three titles in his life. During his funeral, the drums beat violently while guns are fired into the air and machetes clash, which is a typical procedure for a valiant warrior's funeral.

As the chaos increases and tensions rise, Okonkwo's gun goes off, and he accidentally kills Ezeudu's sixteen-year-old son. Okonkwo's actions offend the earth goddess, and he is forced to immediately flee Umuofia with his family. Once Okonkwo and his family are exiled, a large crowd of men from Ezeudu's quarter storm his compound and set fire to his houses, demolishing his red walls and killing his animals on behalf of the earth goddess.

Okonkwo and his family travel to his mother's homeland of Mbanta, where he is received with open arms by his mother's kinsmen. Okonkwo is severely depressed and upset when he arrives at Mbanta and is forced to start life over again. He has lost the titles and prestige he worked his entire life to attain in Umuofia.

Okonkwo remains in Mbanta for seven years before he is allowed to return home. During Okonkwo's exile, the white missionaries arrive in Umuofia and dramatically alter their villagers' way of life.

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