In Wole Soyinka's The Lion and the Jewel, how does Baroka symbolize the beauty and stability of African culture and values?

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Baroka symbolizes the beauty and stability of African cultures by being the clever leader of their town; he manages it in such a way that they still practice important traditions but also shows the beauty of the culture in the way that he makes changes to better serve and protect the people in their community.

Baroka serves as the foil to Lakunle. Lakunle is more interested in not keeping to traditions which is why he refuses to pay the bride price for Sidi, who he claims to love. Baroka, on the other hand, tricks his wife and convinces Sidi to marry him by also tricking her; at the same time, he pleases her by offering to put her face on the stamp. While Lakunle is bragging about how the village will modernize quickly, Baroka is respecting the culture and its stability. He's moving it forward in a way that isn't disruptive or disrespectful.

In the end, Sidi's choice—to marry Baroka—shows how he is the positive symbol of the beauty and stability of African culture. She says that he'll always be more fun even though he's older and that Lakunle —the modern man—will get older and lose his sparkle.

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Baroka symbolizes the beauty and stability of African culture throughout the play by demonstrating his ability to preserve the village of Ilujinle and using his wisdom to woo Sidi. Baroka is revered throughout the community for his masculinity and accomplishments. Baroka elaborates on his accomplishments by discussing his ability to hunt leopards, climb trees, win log-tossing competitions, and perform various rituals. Baroka is also the only person who understands the importance of being hospitable to the foreign photographer in order to cast his village in a positive light. He preserves the village by thwarting a Public Works project, which prevents a railway from being built through Ilujinle. Baroka also successfully devises a plan to woo Sidi by spreading a false rumor about his own impotence. During a conversation with Sidi, Baroka displays his wisdom and understanding by sharing metaphors and allegories regarding tradition and modernity. He not only defeats the surveyor's attempt to build a railway but also defeats Lakunle, who opposes African culture. Baroka is successful and wise throughout the play, which symbolizes the beauty and stability of African culture.

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