A Dance of the Forests Questions and Answers
by Wole Soyinka

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

The significance of the characters playing double roles in A Dance of the Forests is that it represents the continuity of human nature between past and present. In the play, Soyinka advances a cyclical view of history, and this is illustrated by the same characters taking on different roles from different historical epochs.

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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 newfound independence from colonial rule Soyinka wants to affirm the historical identity of the Nigerian people that had been suppressed for so long.

In order to do this, he presents the pattern of history as...

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