The Lion and the Jewel


Wole Soyinka

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The Lion and the Jewel Symbols

The Magazine

The magazines that the stranger brings to Ilujinle feature photographs of the village and its residents, including three full pages showing images of Sidi. While Sidi was the village belle long before the magazine…

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The Statue of Baroka

The stage directions indicate that the statue of Baroka is well-endowed, which associates the statue with Baroka’s power and virility, since he derives power from his ability to have sex with his wives and father…

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Postage Stamps

Postage stamps, specifically the ones that Baroka plans to print featuring Sidi's photograph, are symbolic of the most effective way (at least in Soyinka’s opinion) for Africa to modernize. Unlike railways or unions, which…

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