In the dead of night, the sound of a drum and a gun communicate the death of Ezeudu, a respectable man in the village. Okonkwo shudders when he recalls that Ezeudu had cautioned him against having a role in the killing of Ikemefuna.
Everybody in the town assembles for the burial service of a warrior who had accomplished three titles in his lifetime, an uncommon achievement. Amid the service, men dance, fire their guns, and dash about in a frenzy, moaning for the loss of Ezeudu. The egwugwu spirits show up from the underworld, including a one-hand spirit who dances excitedly and brings a message for the dead Ezeudu. Before burial process is commenced, the dances, drumming, and shots progressively become highly intense.
All of a sudden a sharp cry and wailing emerges from the crowd. Ezeudu's sixteen-year-old son is discovered dead in a pool of blood within the group. At the point when Okonkwo shot his gun, it detonated and a bit of iron pierced the boy's heart. That misfortune has never happened in the history of the village. Once again, Okonkwo finds himself in an incredibly difficult position.
Okonkwo's unintentional killing of the boy is a wrong against the spirits, and he realizes that he and his family should leave Umuofia for a long time. As his wives and children cry severely, they briskly pack their most essential items as they get ready to escape before morning to Mbanta, the village of his mother. Okonkwo's friends move Okonkwo's yams to Obierika's compound for storage.
After the escape of Okonkwo, the following day a group of village men set out to dispense justice as ordered by the earth goddess. The men destroy everything that they find in Okonkwo's compound including his huts, animals, crops and all that they found in the compound. Obierika mourns the departure of Okonkwo from the village. He is particularly concerned that a man should face such punishment for something that happened accidentally. At that moment, he remembers his twin children who had to be abandoned in the forest because of the traditions.