What are the themes throughout the play 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. She is sought after for her great beauty on both sides. On one side is Lakunle, a schoolteacher who has embraced the modern values of western civilization, and on the other is Baroka, a tribal chief who represents the traditional values of Nigeria and the "lion" represented in the title.
Sidi, being unsure of whose feelings to reciprocate, is representative of the Nigerian people's indecision of whether...
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