Wole Soyinka And Girish Karnad Analysis

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B.Ananda Rao M.A,M.Phil,(Ph.D) Asst.Prof, of English Sri Vasavi Engg College, Tadepalligudem.

“A study of tradition and culture in the selected plays of Wole Soyinka and Girish karnad”.


Wole Soyinka is the first African writer to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1986. He is a poet, Novelist, autobiographer, script writer and critic. He is considered by many as Nigeria’s finest dramatist with the award of the Nobel prizes
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He has been a writer who has got tremendous concern for humanity; this is seen in all his works.

He has a deep concern for man, especially the weak and oppressed. He believes that the world is not created for man to conquer and abuse it, Rather he believes that all the living and Non-living things should live in harmony Karnad focuses him attention on the downtrodden and less privileged people of the society. He has this at the back of his mind that is why all his writings speak for the women and people at the ground level.
Girish Karnad has great command over English language as he has been Rhodes Scholar at oxford. He was apt and exact words for any situation. He writes dialogues in lucid and precise language. He writes dialogues in lucid and precise language. He has been recognized and awarded from time to time for his plays. He also wrote scripts for the films besides being a film maker. He also took great joy in acting; some of his roles can be fondly
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Baroka, the Bale of the village, has many wives. His harem is already full with his number of wives from Sadiku to latest favourite wife, Ailatu. The desire for more girls has not left him even at the age of sixty two. The play is a Nigerian bedroom farce, for its convention of polygamy. After seeing Sidi’s beautiful pictures in a glossy magazine, he desires to have her on that night and he expresses his wish to his first wife Sadiku to woo that young girl for him. It is the custom of the village that the first wife has to persuade and makes the girls to marry her husband; it is a part of her duty to ensure his happiness. By this act, the society emphasizes that the wives have to obey and do furnish all sorts of his desire. It is settled in the minds of the women in the

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