Cultural Representation in Wole Soyinka’s The Lion and The Jewel

  • R Showmya S.B.G. College of Education, Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
  • R Sinega Cauvery College for Women (Autonomous), Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Keywords: Yoruba culture, Bride price, The Lion and the Jewel, Wole Soyinka, Polygamous society, Beliefs in Gods


This article attempts to pinpoint the interaction of Cultural Representation in Wole Soyinka’s play The Lion and the Jewel. Culture can be perceived as a bunch of regular convictions that hold individuals together, these normal convictions lead to social practices, and practices that are instilled with significance. Culture is to incorporate every one of the aspects of human experience that stretch out past our actual truth, culture alludes how we comprehend ourselves both as people and as member of the society incorporates stories, religion, media, ceremonies, and even language.The Europeans colonization in African made many changes in their culture, some people thought that they are reformed by the European, but some thought that their culture was changed by them. The play sets in the village named Ilujinle in West Africa, and it has the characteristics like comedy, love, myth, folklore, dance, music, and cultural conflict between old culture and new culture, because the old culture was followed by uneducated people, they were led by Baroka and the new culture was followed by Lakunle, who works as a teacher in that village. Wole Soyinka presents the custom and traditions of Yoruba in the play The Lion and the Jewel and he created significant characters, who defends the modernity because they are deeply rooted with old custom and tradition of their culture.

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Showmya, R., & Sinega, R. (2021). Cultural Representation in Wole Soyinka’s The Lion and The Jewel. Shanlax International Journal of English, 9(4), 41–44.