Vol. 4, Issue 5 (2018)
The ambiguity of the title a study of Wole Soyinka’s The Lion and the Jewel
Author(s): Nayana George
Abstract: Wole Soyinka is a renowned post-colonial author whose works are capable of holding their own standing even when taken out of the African context that the works depict. His play that is the subject of this paper, The Lion and the Jewel, is yet again one such dynamic piece of writing, and the fact that it is a play makes it so all the more multi-dimensional; the stage directions, the props, and the settings add to the exotic elements of the play. What this paper seeks to do is to endeavour to explore the idea behind the title of the play and to match the character to the same. Whether such direct characterizations are valid is something that is further explored, as one finds that a particularly quality that makes humans different from many other creatures is their ability to be multi-faceted. The answer as to who the lion and who the jewel are is not as simple as it seems.