Elisen as an Aristotilian Tragic Hero

As in other plays, reflecting a specific culture, “Death and the King’s Horseman” has kept close to religious and traditional issues, but it has shaped culture into a great tragedy. Aristotle defines tragedy in his book poetics as: A tragedy is the imitation of an action that is serious and also, as having magnitude, complete … Read moreElisen as an Aristotilian Tragic Hero

Conflicting Duties: The Choices of Elesin and Pikings

In Death and the King’s Horseman, Wole Soyinka tells the dramatized version of true events that happened in the Yoruban city of Oyo in 1946. A Colonial District Officer interrupted a traditional ritual suicide which then led to the death of both the original man committing suicide and his son who committed suicide to take … Read moreConflicting Duties: The Choices of Elesin and Pikings

Olunde’s Sense of Tradition in ‘Death and the King’s Horseman’: The Father Is Overshadowed by the Son’s Loyalty

As seen in the Death and the King’s Horseman, by Wole Soyinka, the Yoruba culture and tradition have very strong, unusual customs and values. This play is centered around one particular custom: when a king dies, his servants and horsemen must die also so that the king is not alone going into the afterlife and … Read moreOlunde’s Sense of Tradition in ‘Death and the King’s Horseman’: The Father Is Overshadowed by the Son’s Loyalty