The Importance Of Western Culture In Wole Soyinka's Lion And The Jewel?

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At the current rate of globalization in the twenty first century, many countries, cities, and even villages are being culturally influenced by Western ideals. Many are willing to accept this change as the way of the future, however, others are choosing to preserve their individual culture or at least approach these new ideals with skepticism. Wole Soyinka’s Lion & The Jewel is a story that exquisitely portrays the conflicting desire to follow tradition or concede to cultural change from a more powerful entity, having faith that it will somehow improve your life. Cell One, a short story written by the Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, shows us how Western society does not disseminate an exclusively positive influence, and that there …show more content…
Although traditional and isolated, the far-reaching influence of Westernism has managed to find its way into their homes. The general feeling of the village surrounding Western culture is one of skepticism and indecisiveness, stemming from their lack of knowledge about the West. Actions that are socially acceptable in the West are viewed as bizarre. One instance where this is evident occurs when Sidi claims that kissing is “unclean.” When Lakunle plants an impromptu, undefendable kiss on her lips, she goes so far as to label it as the ”strange unhealthy mouthing [Westerners] perform” (Soyinka 9). Her western illiteracy is blatantly apparent through her inability to view kissing as an act of affection. She is genuinely curious whether or not Lakunle means to offend her when he kisses her, underscoring just how subjective social norms are to culture and environment. The incomprehension of Western life is discernible in the Yoruba people’s language. The dialogues of the play, excluding a select few monologues, are not elaborate and tend to speak in generalities. The …show more content…
We are imperfect creatures and cannot rely on a single source for advice. That which constitutes right and wrong is completely subjective to an individual relative to the environment and circumstances you were raised in. Nearly everyone has heard the phrase to approach life “with a grain of salt,” but rarely do humans actually trust their subjective skepticisms because it is so much easier to impulsively accept. This is an innate trait that transcends any and all cultural, linguistic, and geographic boundaries. For instance, the attraction to American “thug culture” is not exclusive to Nigeria. It is considered cool and exciting in many other parts of the world, including its place of origin. The American 1990s saw a huge portion of young adults become attracted to the violence surrounding rap culture. NWA, a hip hop group out of California, became an entity that many young adults followed blindly. Many of NWA’s societal criticisms of racism were legitimate, but people were attracted to the violent nature of their lyrics, and through the phenomena of interactive normalization, gang culture became cool in the States. It influenced everything between crime rates and fashion trends, and it heavily influenced societal culture for the better part of a

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