Things Fall Apart

"As the elders said, if one finger brought oil it soiled the other" How does this explain the harsh punishment given to Okonkwo


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THe Elders feel that Okonkwo's actions bring disrepute to the whole village. Okonkwo's gun went of as a salute to Ezeudu but killed a boy in the funeral crowd. This would certainly anger the earth Goddess. If punishment was not exacted from the guilty, the whole village would suffer.