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The Lion and the Jewel

The significance of the play's title lies in the symbolic nature of these two names. The "Lion" is an elderly man, Baroka, whose power and potency are referred to frequently, and his sexual potency...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2018 9:31 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

In The Lion and the Jewel, Wole Soyinka conveys the struggles for control between two women and two men in rural Nigeria. Two closely related themes structure these conflicts. One is the interplay...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2021 3:48 am UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

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...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2020 9:17 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Lakunle is Ilujinle's schoolteacher. Because he was educated at a British school, he seems to enjoy emphasizing how well he knows English. Lakunle wants to modernize Ilunjinle and marry Sidi, the...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2021 2:20 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

The conflicts between cultures in Ilujinle are mainly concerned with the various characters' adherence to or rejection of the traditional Yoruba ways. One of the things that Wole Soyinka imparts is...

Latest answer posted January 4, 2019 3:22 am UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

In the play, the plot revolves around Sidi’s decision about which man she will marry. She is the most renowned beauty of her village and, as such, believes she can freely choose among her suitors....

Latest answer posted February 17, 2019 11:30 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Wole Soyinka incorporates several important life lessons throughout his play The Lion and the Jewel. Soyinka uses Sidi's behavior and plight to suggest that overconfidence, vanity, and pride can...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2016 1:17 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

In the play, Wole Soyinka uses Western theatrical conventions and includes traditional Nigerian elements of poetry, music, and dance. The play is a one-act play with three scenes. Each corresponds...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2019 4:04 am UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Chief Baroka uses his wisdom, power, and cunning tactics to seduce Sidi into marrying him. Throughout his endeavors, he uses his wife Sadiku as the pawn in the game plan. Sidi, the "jewel," gets...

Latest answer posted January 9, 2019 10:56 am UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

At the heart of The Lion and the Jewel is a fierce battle between tradition and modernity. When Soyinka wrote the play, there were deep tensions between those who wanted Nigeria to become more...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2020 11:24 am UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

The conflict in the play, set in Nigeria in the 1950s, is between indigenous tribal tradition and western modernity. This is a period in which countries in Africa were achieving their independence...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2019 1:17 am UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

The Lion and the Jewel is about the attempts of two men, Lakunle and Baroka, to win the hand of the fetching Sidi in marriage. Lakunle, a school teacher, symbolizes the Western point of view...

Latest answer posted May 25, 2017 7:25 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Sidi chooses to marry Baroka because he has proved himself the most skillful at playing upon her vanity. Sidi is indeed a very vain woman, especially after she sees her photos in a magazine—then...

Latest answer posted January 13, 2019 7:30 am UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

The primary conflict in the story exists between Baroka and Lakunle, two men who are competing for the love of Sidi. Both men are deceptive and in many ways not what they seem. Lakunle comes across...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2019 7:02 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka’s 1959 play The Lion and the Jewel centers on the conflict between tradition and modernization and African versus Western culture. Sidi, the “jewel” referenced in the...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2017 11:17 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

The bride price is a dowry that has to be paid in order for Lakunle to be allowed to marry Sidi. Sidi, like most people in her community, takes the bride price very seriously. To her, it is what...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2020 6:23 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

There are a couple flashbacks throughout the play The Lion and the Jewel. The first flashback takes place during "the dance of the lost traveler." The flashback tells the audience the story of how...

Latest answer posted June 24, 2016 4:11 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Early on in the play, Sidi is told about how her images in a foreign magazine have given her fame and prestige. She encourages the villagers to participate in "the dance of the lost traveler."...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2016 3:43 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

In Wole Soyinka's play, Sadiku plays several crucial roles. As the Bale's senior wife, she has considerable authority within their household and, because he is a powerful man, in the community at...

Latest answer posted July 16, 2019 5:24 am UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Sadiku is Baroka's head wife who petitions Sidi to marry Baroka in the play The Lion and the Jewel on the Bale's behalf. Sidi initially declines Baroka's offer because she has become conceited...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2016 12:48 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Lakunle is the village school teacher who opposes traditional Yoruba culture in favor of modern Western civilization. He continually criticizes Sidi, Baroka, and Sadiku for their way of life. At...

Latest answer posted May 31, 2016 2:50 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

The primary theme of The Lion and the Jewel is that of tradition vs. modernism. Throughout the play, the two primary characters fight over the affections of Sidi, who is the "jewel" of the play....

Latest answer posted April 18, 2019 8:03 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

In his play, Wole Soyinka places gender prominently at the forefront of social conflicts between traditional and modern society. Lakunie, a young African man who has received a Western education in...

Latest answer posted July 11, 2019 9:44 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

At the beginning of the "dance of the lost traveler," Lakunle plays the role of the foreign photographer who is driving through the jungle. The four girls who are miming and acting as the wheels of...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2016 4:33 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Wole Soyinka's play The Lion and the Jewel represents the conflict the native Nigerian villagers feel concerning whether or not to embrace their own past culture or the modernist future and how to...

Latest answer posted October 16, 2015 6:43 am UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

I believe that Baroka deserves to marry Sidi more than Lakunle does in the play The Lion and the Jewel. Initially, Lakunle seems like he has a legitimate excuse not to pay the bride-price because...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2016 5:46 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Wole Soyinka depicts contemporary West African culture as a complicated mixture of European and Yoruba elements, including important social institutions such as marriage and education. He uses both...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2019 6:00 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

The jewel in The Lion and the Jewel refers to Sidi, a beautiful young woman in Nigeria's village of Ilujinle, who is well aware of her attractiveness. Sidi chooses to abide by the village's...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2018 1:57 am UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Sidi is the village belle of Ilujinle, who becomes conceited after a photographer publishes beautiful pictures of her in a magazine. She rejects the idea of marrying the village schoolteacher,...

Latest answer posted April 14, 2016 12:50 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

The play begins as the village belle, Sidi, walks past the school as the teacher, Lakunle, professes his love for her. Sidi tells him that she will marry him, but only if he pays the bride-price....

Latest answer posted May 3, 2016 3:29 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

The jewel refers to Sidi, a young girl who is trying to decide which man she wants to marry. Sidi is called the "jewel" because she is beautiful and coveted. Baroka and Lakunle both want to marry...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2019 7:22 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Sadiku initially seeks Sidi to tell her that Baroka has requested her hand in marriage. Sidi rejects Baroka's offer because she has become conceited after seeing her images in the magazine. Sidi...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2016 2:12 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Several major similarities are that Lakunle and Baroka are both men, they live in Ilujinle village, and they want to marry the same woman, the beautiful Sidi. Both men are shallow, in that they...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2019 8:29 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Wole Soyinka's play The Lion and the Jewel is a comedy that chronicles how Baroka, the Bale of Ilujinle, fights with Lakunle, the village school teacher, for Sidi's hand in marriage. Sidi is...

Latest answer posted September 27, 2016 6:27 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Sidi and Baroka embody traditional notions of womanhood and manhood respectively. Sidi is a beautiful woman, and her beauty is a source of near-universal admiration. In the traditional village...

Latest answer posted January 25, 2019 1:16 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Wole Soyinka incorporates numerous dimensions of performance into The Lion and the Jewel. The resulting play is a rich medley of Western and African performance traditions. Rather than relying...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2019 5:41 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

The setting of The Lion and the Jewel is a Yoruba village called Ilujinle, in the Ibadan region of southwest Nigeria in the late 1950s. The Yoruba are one of the major ethnic groups in Nigeria....

Latest answer posted January 21, 2021 1:13 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Sidi looks at her potential bride-price as a monetary expression of her value as a person. She has a very high opinion of herself and fully expects that any bride-price will reflect her exaggerated...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2019 11:40 am UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Lakunle is an interesting character because he is unique in his village of Ilujinle. Lakunle, unlike the other villagers, values Western civilization and supports modernity. He openly criticizes...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2016 4:31 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

The play takes place in a small traditional African village that is being threatened by the encroachment of the modern world. The Bale refuses to allow this to happen and shows that he will do...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2010 3:03 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

African Proverbs Towards the end of the play, Baroka is attempting to woo Sidi and shows her the machine that makes stamps. He tells Sidi that her image will adorn each stamp leaving Ilujinle, then...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016 3:01 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Sadiku enters the village at the beginning of the scene and is laughing as she recounts her experience with Okiki, Baroka's father. Sadiku was able to make Okiki impotent and gloats at the fact...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2016 1:22 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Lakunle insults Sidi more than once: for someone who claims to be in love with her and want to marry her, he seems to insult her all the time as he seeks to assert dominance over her. He tells her...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2017 12:14 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

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...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2019 5:58 am UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Lakunle plays the role of the "lost traveler" who ends up in the remote village of Ilujinle. The mime scene begins when four girls enter the stage, pretending to be the wheels of a car. Lakunle...

Latest answer posted April 18, 2016 7:55 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

As a play that embodies African village culture, Wole Soyinka's The Lion and the Jewel is full of dancing and music. Many flashbacks are portrayed in the dances and pantomimes that accompany the...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2015 7:12 am UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

At the beginning of the play, Lakunle urges Sidi to not carry loads of water on her head and to dress more modestly. Sidi responds by criticizing Lakunle and saying that everyone calls him the...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2016 8:05 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

The characters in The Lion and the Jewel are roughly divided by age, with Sidi and Lakunle being young adults and Sadiku and Baroka older people. Youth and age are also related to modernity and...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2019 6:31 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Soyinka suggests that maintaining traditional customs is essential in light of colonial development. Baroka, a symbol of traditional Yoruba culture, successfully wins the heart of the village...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2016 3:25 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Wole Soyinka examines a variety of social issues throughout his play The Lion and the Jewel. One of the most prominent social issues in the play deals with tradition versus modernity. Lakunle, and...

Latest answer posted July 7, 2016 10:43 pm UTC

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