- Was act 1 of the play difficult to follow? For me, this was difficult to follow because there was a lot going on, but some parts were easier to understand than others. A lot of lines were written in poetry or whatever and it was a bit hard for me to understand. “Death came calling,” (Soynika, pg. 11) This quote from the book is the beginning of the first part of the book where the writing starts to become poetic or whatever. When it comes to the lines of the characters, it was easy for me to follow along with the play, unlike the lines that are poem-like. Some of those lines were easier to understand than others like Elesin saying that he wants to have a child with a young girl. That was one of the things in the book that was easier for me to understand. So, did anyone else have trouble understanding what was going on in Act 1?
- Why is it that Pilkings never really understood the country’s customs and laws? I noticed in a part of a book, Pilkings was a bit surprised that someone was going to kill himself. “It is native law and custom. The King die last month. Tonight is his burial. But before they can bury him, the Elesin must die so as to accompany him to heaven.” (Soyinka, pg. 28) This quote from the book is the servant Joeseph explaining the laws and customs of his country to Pilkings and his wife. This tells me that Pilkings never really took the time to study the laws, customs and whatnot of the country and neither did his wife. Now why is that? My guess is that if Pilkings and his wife had taken time to be educated by the natives and interacted with them, they would have understood everything that was happening perfectly.
All in all, these are two questions I had regarding the reading, and I’d like to see what everyone thought about it and hopefully answer my questions.