Sunday, March 30, 2008

Death and the King's Horseman

Although I didn't find Jones' Criticism of "Death and the King's Horseman" particularly deep or profound, there were some things I found interesting. The main thing was his idea that the failure of the suicide and the tragedy is caused mostly by the Elesin's hesitation. I thought this was interesting, and it would also complicate a seemingly cut-and-dry argument against colonization that I thought was taking place through this play. This would also support Soyinka's Author's Note before the play, which basically says this play is, in fact, a play inspired by a real-life event, not just simply a call against colonization or anything else.

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