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A Dance of the Forests

What is the significance of the characters playing double roles in A Dance of the Forests?

A Dance of the Forests is nothing if not ambitious. In the play, Soyinka attempts nothing less than a comprehensive view of man spanning an enormous period of history. In celebrating Nigeria’s...

Latest answer posted June 28, 2020 5:43 pm UTC

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A Dance of the Forests

In A Dance of the Forests, what is Soyinka trying to help his audience understand through the parallels between...

In my opinion, the concept that the author is trying to help the audience understand in A Dance of the Forests can be summed up in the words of Dead Woman: The world is big but the dead are...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2016 9:37 am UTC

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A Dance of the Forests

Comment on the various dramatic techniques employed by Soyinka in A Dance of the Forests.

It is interesting to note that this play was commissioned to celebrate Nigeria's independence in 1960. As a result, the play both seems to look back at Nigeria's past and also to look forward at...

Latest answer posted March 14, 2012 3:31 pm UTC

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A Dance of the Forests

What is the subject matter of the play A Dance of the Forests?

The subject matter in A Dance of the Forests involves gods and mortals, the living and the dead. They participate in the Forest Dance to highlight the importance of the past in determining the...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2016 9:50 am UTC

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A Dance of the Forests

Certain characters play double roles in A Dance of the Forests. Does this have any significance?

The primary story of the effects of Demoke’s actions is interconnected with the story of two ghostly characters, the Dead Man and the Dead Woman. This connection is emphasized through the doubling...

Latest answer posted June 30, 2020 12:01 am UTC

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A Dance of the Forests

Who is the character of Demoke in A Dance of the Forests?

A Dance of the Forests is a play by Wole Soyinka presented at the 1960 Nigerian Independence celebrations. In this work, Soyinka gives a warning to the people of his country that they must not, in...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2019 10:15 pm UTC

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A Dance of the Forests

Examine A Dance of the Forests as presenting issues of Nigerian independence.

Wole Soyinka’s play, written on the brink of his country’s independence, examines Nigeria’s colonial past through a critical lens. Rather than seeing liberation as a cure-all for the country’s many...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2019 6:37 pm UTC

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A Dance of the Forests

Which characters play double roles in A Dance of the Forests? Does this have any significance?

In A Dance of the Forests, Demoke's role is doubled with that of an ancient court poet, Obaneji's with that of the Forest Father, and Rola's with that of Madame Tortoise. All these pairings...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2020 10:28 am UTC

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A Dance of the Forests

Wole Soyinka makes certain characters play double roles in his play "A Dance of the Forests". Does this have any...

In Wole Soyinka's play, A Dance of the Forests, Obaneji the record-keeper is doubled with the Forest Father, Demoke the wood carver with an ancient court poet, and the sadistic Rola with the...

Latest answer posted October 13, 2020 9:51 am UTC

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