The Lion and the Jewel Questions and Answers

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

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

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

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

At first, the young Sidi has no interest in the sixty-two-year-old Baroka, despite his high status in the village. She is somewhat attracted to Western culture, in the form of the young,...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2021 1:40 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

At the beginning of the scene entitled "Night," Sadiku enters the stage with a carved figure of the Bale. She begins to laugh hysterically and comments on how the same thing happened to his father,...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2016 10:07 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

SIDI: Now there you go again.One little thing And you must chirrup like a cockatoo.You talk and talk and deafen meWith words which always sound the sameAnd make no meaning.I've told you, and I say...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2019 4:01 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

There are several scenes throughout the play that depict conflict between Sidi and Sadiku. When Sadiku first goes to the village to ask if Sidi will marry Baroka, Sidi tells Sadiku to hold her...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2016 1:07 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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The Lion and the Jewel

In my opinion, I would say that Baroka is the "winner" in the play because he successfully woos Sidi and ends up marrying her. Throughout the play, Lakunle and Baroka both attempt to win Sidi's...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2016 3:09 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Sidi is portrayed as a naive, beautiful young woman who is rather conceited and vain throughout the play. At the beginning of the play, Sidi is open to the possibility of marrying the village...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2016 2:52 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

At the end of the play, Sidi runs onto the stage and throws herself to the ground while Lakunle is arguing with Sadiku. Both Sadiku and Lakunle are concerned about Sidi and ask her what happened....

Latest answer posted May 25, 2016 10:38 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Lakunle tells Sidi why Baroka is called the Fox and explains how he foiled the Public Works attempt to build a railroad through Ilujinle. The mime scene begins when prisoners enter the stage, and a...

Latest answer posted April 12, 2016 3:09 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

When Sidi first hears about her images printed in the magazine she instantly becomes conceited and filled with confidence. One of the village girls tells Sidi that she looks stunning and that her...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2016 1:03 am UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Wole Soyinka’s play primarily presents education, in the sense of schooling, through the character of Lakunie. In the independent, modernizing society, schools play a vital role in creating the...

Latest answer posted June 16, 2019 7:07 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

The love triangle that involves a young girl, a young man, and a wealthy, powerful, older man is one of the staples of comedy. The older man is tricked or thwarted so that the young couple can...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2021 7:12 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

At the beginning of the play, Sidi is carrying a load of water on her head, which is the traditional way African women transport water. Lakunle runs out of the school when he sees Sidi walking by...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2016 7:26 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

The Lion and the Jewel has serious themes but the play is a comedy. None of the characters experiences tragedy. The only character who approaches anything so dire is probably Lakunie. The loss of...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2019 1:21 am UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Lakunle's conflict with traditional society throughout the play reinforces the audience that The Lion and the Jewel is an African play. Lakunle is continually criticizing traditional African...

Latest answer posted June 14, 2016 10:39 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Baroka is portrayed as the wisest character throughout the play The Lion and the Jewel and there are several scenes which depict his cleverness. In the first act entitled "Morning," the village...

Latest answer posted May 20, 2016 2:37 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

In the first scene of the play entitled "Morning," the village girls tell Sidi that she has become famous because her image is throughout an entire magazine. Sidi is excited and believes that she...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2016 5:22 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Sidi is a very beautiful young woman who understands very well the enormous power that her beauty exerts over men. Sidi's always known that she was beautiful, but after participating in a magazine...

Latest answer posted November 8, 2019 10:55 am UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Baroka spreads a lie that he is impotent and invites Sidi to come to supper even though she rejects his marriage offer. Once she is there, he tempts her vanity in such a way that she is awed and...

Latest answer posted September 26, 2016 6:03 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Lakunle opposes traditional Yoruba culture and is a proponent of modernity throughout the village of Ilujinle. At the beginning of the play, he criticizes Sidi for carrying loads of water on her...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2016 6:19 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

In the morning following Sidi's visit to Baroka's palace, Lakunle is cursing at Sadiku for sharing the Bale's secret, when Sidi runs onto the stage and throws herself on the ground. Sadiku asks her...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2016 12:37 am UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

In The Lion and the Jewel, Sidi is consider to be the jewel, the belle, the beauty. Because of this she feels that she is superior to all others in the village. She is attracted to a photographer...

Latest answer posted August 18, 2015 12:35 am UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Throughout the play, Baroka wishes to marry Sidi, who views him with contempt. When Baroka initially asks for her hand in marriage, she refuses to accept and begins to ridicule the Bale. Sidi does...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2016 4:22 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

At the beginning of the third scene entitled "Night," Sadiku dances for joy after learning that Baroka is impotent. She says, "So we did for you too did we? We did for you in the end. Oh high and...

Latest answer posted June 4, 2016 9:17 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

After learning that her images are throughout a foreign magazine, Sidi becomes conceited. She attempts to mock the Bale to his face after she is told that Baroka is "impotent." When Sidi arrives at...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2016 5:45 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Cultural alienation is when an individual devalues, dismisses, and abandons one's own culture. In the play The Lion and the Jewel, Lakunle quintessentially represents cultural alienation by...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2016 2:20 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Throughout the play, The Lion and the Jewel, the character of Lakunle is known for his support of modernization and progress. Although he claims to utterly despise ancestral practices, he supports...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2016 7:52 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

In Act Three of the play entitled "Night," Lakunle and Sadiku are arguing, when out of nowhere, Sidi runs into the village and falls on the ground. While Sidi is crying and rolling on the ground,...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2016 12:27 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Baroka is referred to as the "lion" throughout the play. Baroka is the Bale of Ilujinle who wishes to marry the village jewel, Sidi. However, Sidi views the Bale with contempt and makes fun of him...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2016 2:39 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

At the beginning of the play, Sidi is open to the possibility of marrying Lakunle. She says that she is willing to marry him if he will simply pay the bride-price. Lakunle refuses to pay the...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2016 1:54 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Lakunle plays the role of the traveler who gets lost and ends up visiting the village of Ilujinle. At the beginning of the mime scene, the traveler is driving through the jungle when his car...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2016 12:29 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

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...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2016 8:32 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Sidi marries the sixty-two-year-old Baroka in part because he represents and upholds the village traditions she has been taught to cherish. But that is not all that sways her. He is able to woo her...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2021 3:05 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

External conflicts take place when a character struggles against an outside force, such as another character, a force of nature, or society. Throughout the play The Lion and the Jewel, Sidi has...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2016 2:10 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

In the third scene entitled "Night," Lakunle is having a conversation with Sadiku about the impending transformation of Ilujinle. Lakunle states that he wishes for there to be a road running...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2016 1:20 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

When Sidi enters Baroka's palace, he is in the middle of wrestling a younger man, and she mentions that his house seems empty. Baroka responds by asking Sidi if Ailatu, his favorite wife, is...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2016 6:27 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

At the beginning of the play, Lakunle ridicules Sidi for carrying water on her head and dressing immodestly. He tells Sidi that it is a shame that she exposes her breasts and begs her to cover up....

Latest answer posted October 7, 2016 6:05 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

All three characters live in the same village in an unnamed African country. The triangle connects Sidi, a beautiful young woman, to the other two characters. Lakunle, the younger man, has moved...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2019 5:07 am UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

The mime of the lost traveler chronicles a foreign photographer's expedition to Ilujinle and his short stay in the village. Lakunle plays the role of the traveler who is driving through the bush...

Latest answer posted April 21, 2016 6:26 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

There are many reasons as to why Baroka is portrayed as being smarter than Lakunle. Although Lakunle is the village school teacher who is a proponent of modernization, he comes across as clumsy and...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2016 6:06 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Sidi could quite easily be considered the play's protagonist. What's interesting about calling her that is the fact that Sidi does not seem like a standard protagonist. More often than not, the...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2021 2:33 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Lakunle is the village school teacher who attempts to marry Sidi but ends up losing her to Baroka. Lakunle is an unapologetic dreamer who wishes to see his small village become modern like the city...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2016 12:57 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Wole Soyinka creates tension between the characters and various themes throughout the play The Lion and the Jewel. There is tension surrounding those who support traditional values and those who...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2016 3:12 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Lakunle is an interesting character in The Lion and the Jewel for several reasons, particularly because of his modern way of thinking. He stands out because he is unlike most people in the village...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2021 5:02 pm UTC

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