In Death and the King's Horseman, does Soyinka provide evidence in the text to suggest there is an argument that transcends the apparent cultural clash and focuses more on the process of life?
It is definitely legitimate to read this play as being more about the life cycle than about the clash of cultures, though of course both themes are very apparent in this dramatic work. It is interesting that Soyinka himself argued the play was less about cultural clashes and more about responsibility and the Yoruba world view, which saw life as representing a continuum rather than a direct difference between life and death. For example, in the Yoruba world view, the ancestors are still remembered and this is shown in the egungun celebration, where men dress up as...
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