Essay about Wole Soyinka 's Death And The King 's Horseman

1717 Words Jul 1st, 2016 7 Pages
In Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman, the author moved me to feel the cultural conflicts between the native Yoruban culture and the British colonists. Moreover, Soyinka allowed me to deeply feel these conflicts with his great depiction through the eyes of the natives. The cultural superiorities that the British displayed throughout the entire play cast a discriminatory tone towards every aspect of the Nigerian’s lives, making them feel like the minorities. This was disheartening to me because the British came to their country under the guise of improving the lives and conditions instead they seized every opportunity that arose to minimize the values and cultural beliefs of this community. The injustices and tragedies that occurred throughout this play could have been avoided if the British would have shown some respect and compassion for the native’s customs and beliefs. However, they chose to stand in the way of one of their most sacred traditions after a king’s death. In fact, the destiny of the king’s horseman is to selflessly sacrifice himself to accompany the dead king’s peacefully into the afterlife. I strongly feel that traditions and beliefs from one culture to another should be respected and revered regardless of one’s own strong beliefs despite the harsh realities each individual customs can entail.
In a world that seems to clinch onto stereotypes as easily as they breathe, it is not difficult to perceive how quickly the British could categorize an…

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