Postcolonial World Literature Spring 2018 Wole Soyinka, Death and the King's Horseman
Death and the king's horseman
Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka was born in western Nigeria on July 13 th , His parents were Christians, but were both from different Yoruba groups. In Nigeria Soyinka was exposed to both Western and Yoruba cultures. In Nigeria gained its independence and Soyinka returned to Nigeria, where he absorbed as much Yoruba culture as possible. In and Soyinka was arrested for criticizing the government over the radio and in print.
The play opens with Elesin and his praise-singer entering the marketplace. Elesin is an expansive, gregarious, and zesty man, and he and the praise-singer banter back and forth. The women, including the mother of the marketplace, Iyaloja , arrive and watch and listen. Elesin boasts of how he is not afraid of death and is prepared for his fate. When the women call him a man of honor, Elesin takes on an air of mock-anger. He tells them his attire is not very honorable, and, relieved, they help garb him in beautiful clothing.
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