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    of these tensions arise in the play Death and the King’s Horseman by Wole Soyinka. This tension helped contribute to the formation of the new memory in this

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    In the play Death and the King’s Horseman by Wole Soyinka, the author uses the representation of woman as the defenders of the Yoruba tradition. Soyinka tells us in this “Author’s note” that the play is based on an incident in Nigeria in 1949. In Yoruba tradition, it is the sacrifice of the king’s horseman that plays the essential role in bringing good fortune onto the community. While these leaders of the Yoruba culture are predominantly male, the role of the Yoruba woman as both defender and keeper

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    Wole Soyinka's Death and the King's Horseman In his play, Death and the King's Horseman, Wole Soyinka would have us examine every clash and conflict, save for the one involving culture. Certainly this may seem the most obvious part of the play, but we would do the general understanding of Death a disservice if we ignored one of the central conflicts in the play. Every element of the play is placed in terms of two extremes, and the cultures must be considered one of those pairs. Suicide is no

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    In his play Death and King’s Horseman, Wole Soyinka shows that women had important and recognized roles in traditional Yoruba society. Women fulfill their social, moral and spiritual roles as mothers, enforces of the discipline, show guidance to the community. Iyaloja, the Mother of the Market, is politically and spiritually critical. Aside from being the enforcer of discipline, her towering image in terms of influence is a great source of nourishment to the entire community. In the play, the women

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    The African world-view in Soyinka's Death and the King's Horseman In his play, Death and the King's Horseman, Wole Soyinka uses certain literary forms and devices to intermix Yoruba culture and a predominantly European dramatic form to create a play easily understood by the audience, but that allows the introduction of a foreign influence. These devices include the use of a songlike quality in dialogue and the telling of stories, the use of personification and metaphor to give an exotic quality

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    Both "Sizwe Bansi is Dead", (written by Athol Fugard in collaboration with John Kani and Winston Ntshona) and "Death and the King's Horseman" (written by Wole Soyinka) are both set in South Africa, in two important and significant cultural moment for the country. "Swize Bansi is Dead" tells the difficult reality of Africa under apartheid (1950s), analysing the complex issue of identity in that time. The rules of Apartheid meant that people were legally classified into a racial group, mainly Black

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    juxtapose one another. Blanche and Elesin are very similar as their delusions start off with both of them enjoying a good and expensive life. Both these characters relied on their lifestyle to get through life and fulfil their duties. In ‘Death and the King’s Horseman’ (DKH), Elesin has any woman he wishes and he decides to impregnate a woman already betrothed, to leave his mark on the world. One of the phrases that can be picked out is the “seeds of passage” which not only represents the fertility of

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    Colonial Life in Buchi Emecheta's The Joys of Motherhood and Wole Soyinka's Death and the King's Horseman Homi Bhaba writes that "colonial mimicry is the desire for a reformed, recognizable Other, as a subject of a difference that is almost the same, but not quite" (86). The colonizer wants and needs the colonized to be similar to himself, but not the same. If the native continues to behave in his traditional ways, he brings no economic gain to the colonizer. But, if the colonized changes too

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    Fall Apart, Death and the King’s Horseman, and So Long a Letter all have similar and different qualities on how the concept of death is viewed in their respective cultures. A western English-speaking reader knows that death is the end of a biological, physical, and mental life. Western culture generally accepts end of life due to “natural” causes such as disease or old age. Any “human involvement” in taking a life is treated as a crime or sickness. In Death and the King’s Horseman, death is not the

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    Wole Soyinka Poetry

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    dance, in a way becomes a symbolic representation of the status of the tribe. Soyinka in Myth, Literature and the African World states that music “is the intensive language of transition”. This statement can be seen working in Soyinka’s Death and the king’s horseman and The Bacchae of Euripides. Through dance and music, he not only focuses on this transition but also presents its essentiality in upholding the African culture. The usage of Yoruba proverbs along with the language of the colonisers and

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