Things Fall Apart

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Ogbuefi Ezeudo Character Analysis

Ezeudo is oldest man in the village and a great orator. He warns Okonkwo not to take part in the killing of Ikemefuna, but Okonkwo pays no heed. Ezeudo passes away shortly afterwards, and Okonkwo accidentally kills one of Ezeudo's sons when his gun splinters at Ezeudo's burial. Okonkwo and his family are exiled for seven years.
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Ogbuefi Ezeudo Character Timeline in Things Fall Apart

The timeline below shows where the character Ogbuefi Ezeudo appears in Things Fall Apart. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 2
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In the morning, the market place is full. Ogbuefi Ezeugo bellows “Umuofia kwenu” four times to get the clan's attention and silence the talk. He... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...of the compound. As Okonkwo and the boys are enjoying their feast of locusts, Ogbuefi Ezeudu arrives to speak with Okonkwo, informing him that the clan has decided to kill Ikemefuna.... (full context)
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The next day, the party sets out with Ikemefuna and Okonkwo, who disregards Ezeudu's advice. Ikemefuna is reassured by Okonkwo's presence, feeling that Okonkwo truly is his father. He... (full context)
Chapter 13
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Drums and cannons signal the death of Ezeudu, the oldest man in the village. Okonkwo shivers as he remembers the last time the... (full context)
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The entire clan attends Ezeudu's funeral, as he was a great warrior and held three titles, and even egwugwu show... (full context)
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As the day breaks, a crowd of men from Ezeudu's quarter set fire to Okonkwo's houses, killing his animals and destroying his barn. They do... (full context)