Postcolonial World Literature Spring 2018 Wole Soyinka, Death and the King's Horseman
Death and the King's Horseman (Soyinka)
The tragic implications weigh far more on the traditional system than on the colonial. The colonial bureaucracy is also a formidable group. It shows that both can only co-exist as long as one does not interfere with the other. Soyinka wrote the play in Cambridgewhere he was a fellow at Churchill College during his political exile from Nigeria.
Elesin: And not merely my life but the lives of many. Such relations show that moments of friction exist within the group to stretch the capabilities of the group to accommodate its own deviants. I discovered that you have no respect for what you do not understand. There is also the unsubtle history of colonialism and British superiority with condescension sprinkled throughout the dramatic interactions.
How disappointing. Elesin and Iyaloja are derisive of his system and blame the European establishment for its ignorance, lack of discernment and consideration for the horaeman and social organization of a different race. How disappointing. They're like having in-class notes for every discussion.
Act 1. Mega Texts Mega texts are evident in situations of contact between the two institutions in this play - the colonial bureaucracy and the native feudal hierarchy. Paperback80 pages. Log In Sign Up.Page Number and Citation : 50 Cite this Quote. Act 4. Olunde symbolises practical reasoning and ability to see which actions lead to specific results. Home About Story Contact Help.
He attempts to explain to Pilkings that it's wildly inappropriate for them to wear the egungun and, that it's disrespectful even for Amusa to touch or look at the costumes when discussing a matter related to death. What would Soyinka think of the book I'm holding in my hands. This reveals that Pilkings's true goal is to stamp out the local culture and belief systems! How disappointing.