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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

In Wole Soyinka’s 1959 play The Lion and the Jewel, the chieftain of the village, Baroka, has a conflict with Lakunle, the area schoolteacher. On one level, both are fighting for the affection of...

Latest answer posted July 15, 2015 11:38 am UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

The title of the play The Lion and the Jewel refers to the characters of Baroka and Sidi. Like the king of the jungle, Baroka is a strong, wise, and cunning leader of the village. Although he is...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2021 4:06 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Throughout the play The Lion and the Jewel, Lakunle is an outspoken opponent of traditional Yoruba culture and is an enthusiastic supporter of Western civilization. At the beginning of the play,...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2016 2:40 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Wole Soyinka portrays Lakunle as a liberal school teacher who values Western civilization and culture. He openly expresses his negative opinion of traditional Yoruba culture and uses big words to...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2016 3:47 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

The category of "comedy" is a wide one, encompassing such literary works as Dante's Divine Comedy, which is not remotely funny. It has often been used to refer to any work of literature with a...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2021 5:42 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

The main conflict in Wole Soyinka’s play The Lion and the Jewel is the competition between Baroka and Lakunle, suitors who are both after Sidi’s hand in marriage. Sidi is a beautiful young woman...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2021 3:32 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

In Wole Soyinka’s The Lion and the Jewel, Baroka is called the lion because he is a very strong man. Baroka is the old, wise chief of the village of Ilujinle. Even though he is sixty-two years old,...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2021 10:59 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Sidi is a great character to talk about and discuss with classes because it seems perfectly acceptable to talk poorly about her. Sidi is the play's protagonist, but that doesn't automatically make...

Latest answer posted January 23, 2021 12:22 am 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

Sidi is faced with the decision to choose between marrying Lakunle or Baroka at the end the play. Initially, Sidi does not marry Lakunle because he refuses to pay the bride-price, claiming that it...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2016 2:19 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 titular "jewel" in Wole Soyinka's 1959 drama The Lion and the Jewel is a young and beautiful woman named Sidi. The village of Ilujinle considers her to be as pretty and as magnificent as a...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2021 1:38 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

In the third act of the play, Lakunle explains his vision for the future of Ilujinle to Sadiku. Lakunle begins by saying the bride-price would be abolished and women would take their place next to...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2016 3:22 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

The Lion and the Jewel is a play with only a few main characters. That's not necessarily a rare thing. What is much more unique and rare about those main characters is that none of those characters...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2021 1:43 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Lakunle says that Sidi is carrying her load like a spider because she's carrying a pail of water on her head. Lakunle doesn't like seeing Sidi carrying the water on her head. It's in a small pail...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2019 5:58 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Baroka is the eponymous lion of the play's title. He is known by this name because of his strength, but as we meet him in the play, he is over sixty years of age, and his strength is diminishing....

Latest answer posted March 12, 2021 6:48 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Lakunle arrives in the village straight from the big, modern city of Lagos to become the village schoolteacher. He is a great believer in progress and Western ways. He thinks of himself as superior...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2021 2:46 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Lakunle speaks directly and often without respect or thought; Baroka is more thoughtful and cautious with his words to help him achieve his goals. Both men, however, speak with the confidence that...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2019 4:46 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

At the end of the mime of the lost traveler, the villagers bring the foreign photographer to the center of the village in front of the "Odan" tree. The villagers are upset at the lost traveler and...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2016 12:20 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

In The Lion and the Jewel, Wole Soyinka characterizes Sidi—the “jewel”—as smart, resourceful, ambitious, and practical as well as beautiful. As the suitors vie for her affections, the younger man,...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2019 9:38 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

The Lion and the Jewel opens with Lakunle trying to take a bucket of water from Sidi, who has drawn it from the well. It spills and he gets wet but he still believes that Sidi is the one who should...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2019 3:25 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

The Cunning Nature of Powerful Leaders Baroka's trickery is a major theme in the play. He sets things up to achieve his ultimate goal of taking Sidi as his final wife. His wily nature shows why he...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2019 4:10 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Comedies, in the traditional sense, are stories that usually end with the character or characters overcoming some sort of conflict or adverse event. In Shakespearean works, most famously in Much...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2018 8:56 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Given that there is significant debate about the truly distinct nature of the cape lion as a separate species, one very good reason for trying to save it would have been to investigate its...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2012 8:26 am UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Sidi Sidi is the jewel of the story. She's the most beautiful young woman in the village where she lives. She is being courted by the school teacher, but she refuses to marry him because he won't...

Latest answer posted July 28, 2019 3:34 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

The Lion and The Jewel is rich with imagery and pageantry. The stage is populated with performers, whose performances of Yoruban music and dance intersperse the plot throughout. On one level the...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2019 9:10 am UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

One of the play's most important themes is the clash between tradition and modernity. Lakunle prides himself on being a modern man, influenced by Western ideas to look down on what he regards as...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2019 9:09 am UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

Throughout The Lion and the Jewel, Sadiku acts both on her own behalf and as an agent of her husband, Baroka. As his senior wife, Sadiku is the longest-term member of Baroka’s family and is...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2021 9:09 pm UTC

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The Lion and the Jewel

This is the end of the first section of The Lion and the Jewel, called "Morning." The villagers have just been dancing "The Dance of the Lost Traveler," in which Lakunle, a teacher at the village...

Latest answer posted September 23, 2020 11:01 pm UTC

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