The Lion and The Jewel main character Sidi sitting in the middle of the picture wearing a striped dress with the outlines of two male faces on other side of her

The Lion and the Jewel

by Wole Soyinka
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How do the magazine photographs affect Sidi's perception of Baroka?   

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One of the village girls asks Sidi if she's seen the book with her images inside it. Sidi tells her that she has not seen it yet, and the girl begins to describe how beautiful Sidi looks in the magazine. The girl says that Sidi's image takes up the entire cover of the magazine, and another girl tells Sidi that Baroka is jealous but pretends to be proud of Sidi. Sidi asks if Baroka's image is in the magazine, and the girl tells Sidi that it is, but it occupies a small corner of a page. The girl also tells Sidi that Baroka shares his image with one of the village latrines. Sidi comments that if that is true, then she is more esteemed than Bale Baroka. Sidi becomes conceited and says, "This means that I am greater than The Fox of the Undergrowth" (Soyinka 11). She believes that she is more important than Baroka because she is famous. Sidi loses respect for Baroka and becomes over-confident after seeing her images in the magazine.

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