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Describe the dramatic roles of Sidi, Baroka, and Lakunle in the play The Lion and the Jewel.  

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Let’s start with Sidi. Sidi is the jewel referred to in the play’s title,; she is beautiful and will choose one of the men of their remote village of Ilujinle to be her husband. Her dramatic role stems from the fact that she is aware of her charisma and physical appeal, and wishes to use these to pursue fame and a life of glamour far from the confines of her home town.

Baroka, the lion referred to in the title, is an elderly and well-respected member of the community. He is known for his wisdom and his understanding of the need to follow traditional African customs, while simultaneously not being a stickler for tradition and embracing the importance of modernity. He is one of the men pursuing Sidi, and with the help of some trickery, he eventually succeeds in becoming her husband, despite her initial reservations about his age.

Lakunle is a school teacher, who is portrayed as both naive and eager to please. He also claims to be a particularly modern character, which works to the...

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