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Okonkwo breaks the peace by beating his third wife and is given a punishment. He is told to bring a sacrifice to the shrine for penance, and he does...... secretly. This is significant because he brings the sacrifice secretly, as he is too prideful to allow the community to think he is less a man. Unfortunately, the fact that he keeps the sacrifice a secret leads his neighbors to believe he is disrespectful to the gods.
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