Accuracy of "Death and the King's Horseman" Book Review by Nicky

Accuracy of "Death and the King's Horseman"
Investigates if Wole Soyinka's play "Death and the King's Horseman" accurately represents events that occurred during 1946 in British colonized Nigeria.
# 129142 | 1,585 words | 6 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Sep 02, 2010 in Drama and Theater (World) , History (African) , Religion and Theology (Other) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains that Nobel Prize-winning playwright Wole Soyinka in his play "Death and the King's Horseman" writes about a 1946 controversial event in the Nigerian city of Oyo in which British officials stopped a tribal chief from committing a ritualistic suicide. Next, the author relates these events depicted in the play as compared to these events as recorded historically. The paper concludes that this play is very historically accurate and touches on many of the beliefs and traditions of both the Yoruban and British people.

Table of Contents:
The Play's Events
Historical Accuracy

From the Paper:

"When Olunde decides to kill himself in place of his father, American readers might have a hard time understand why a British-educated medical student would do such a thing. However, a look at Yoruba history would reveal that Olunde would never abandon his culture for another culture. The Yoruba people wanted to learn from other cultures to strengthen their own but did not want to change their culture. Therefore, despite his education, Olunde still believed strongly that his father had a major responsibility and that he needed to maintain his family's honor."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Blanchard, Jayne. (February 17, 2006). Horseman's' culture clash. The Washington Tomes.
  • Jacobs, Sylvia. Religion and Kingship in Africa Before the Sixteenth Century. AME Zion Quarterly Review. Retrieved from the Internet at:
  • Msiska, Mpalive-Hangson. (1998). Wole Soyinka. Plymouth: Northcote House.
  • Ojaide, Tanure. (1992). Teaching Wole Soyinka's "Death and the King's Horsemen" to American College Students. College Literature. Volume: 20. Issue: 1. Publication Year: 1993: 210.
  • Soyinka, Wole. (1975). Death and the Kings Horseman. London: Methuen.

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