Death and the King's Horseman first published in by Eyre Methuen Ltd, For Death and the King's Horseman, to: Morton Leavy, 11 East 44th Street, New. Using Soyinka, Death and the Kings Horseman, the almost neglected riddle of heroism shall be explicated. This paper, therefore, will attempt a thorough. and the King's Horseman () is particularly suitable to study, for within the ferred to will be Death and the King's Horseman, abbreviated as DKH in the.
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Death and the King's Horseman: A Play to download this book the link is on the last page 2. Description A Nobel Prize-winning playwright's classic tale of tragic decisions in a traditional African culture.
Based on events that took place in Oyo, an ancient Yoruba city of Nigeria, in , Wole Soyinka's powerful play concerns the intertwined lives of Elesin Oba, the king's chief horseman; his son, Olunde, now studying medicine in England; and Simon Pilkings, the colonial district officer.
The king has died and Elesin, his chief horseman, is expected by law and custom to commit suicide and accompany his ruler to heaven. The stage is set for a dramatic climax when Pilkings learns of the ritual and decides to intervene and Elesin's son arrives home. Book Details Author: Wole Soyinka Pages: Paperback Brand: Book Appearances 5.
A Play, click button download in the last page 6. Download or read Death and the King's Horseman: He is the right-hand chief to the King.
In all my life As a Horseman of the King, the juiciest Fruit on every tree was mine. I saw, I touched, I wooed, rarely was the answer No The honour of my place, the veneration I Received in the eye of man or woman Prospered my suit and….. The king in his lifetime shares all the good things of life with the Elesin. In a nutshell, the place of Elesin in Yoruba kingdom is that of honour and admiration.
Therefore, he is expected to replicate these gestures by dying with the King. This manifests in form of hubris pride. Elesin takes great pride in his ceremonial role which precedes suicide.
He displays excessive pride because he enjoys the people's praise of his heroism and he believes that all his wishes should be granted.
He desires all the good things of life, including the beautiful Bride who is engaged to another man. As a result of his excessive pride, he desires to have a wedding night with the lady before proceeding with his ritual suicide. He turns a deaf ear to the advice of lyaloja, who begs him to leave her as a bride for her intended husband. We know you for a man of honour.
You are not one who eats and leaves nothing on his plate for children. Did you not say it yourself? Not one how blights the happiness of others for a moment's pleasure. Page 20 Furthermore, Elesin agrees he made a bad decision by having an intercourse with the girl before performing the sacrificial suicide.
He directly blames the situation surrounding him. Also, as much as Elesin believes in the custom of his people, it appears that he is not prepared to die yet.
He attempts to cheat death and ends up committing abomination. In Yoruba tradition, there is time for everything: Elesin has to die at the right time so as to fulfil the requirement of tradition.
He is supposed to die a premeditated death as a responsible Elesin Oba. Regrettably, his eventual death becomes spontaneous as a result of his failure to die at the right time.
His reluctance, therefore, provides opportunity and time for Simon Pilkings to arrest him. Elesin admits his weakness and reluctance to die. Elesin kills himself so as to avoid shame that will come to him as a result of his failure to complete the ritual suicide. She notes that Olunde will have a better place in heaven than his father. From the viewpoint of the audience, one could feel sympathetic for Elesin after he strangles himself when he gets to know that Olunde had performed the sacrificial rite.
He is, however, restricted by the District officer who does not see the necessity for such barbaric act. Besides, Simon Pilkings believes that he saves Elesin life by arresting him before killing himself.
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His Western Education gives him the exposure that strengthens his conviction in the Yoruba tradition. Olunde draws his inspiration from the courage exhibited by the white men during the Second World War.
He finds their acts of valour admirable and worthy of emulation.