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Gender and Sexuality in the Lion and the Jewel by Wole Soyinka and Pygmalion by Bernard Shawdocx

By Charles Ogbonna

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In 'The Lion and The Jewel’ by Wole Soyinka in the story’s village ‘Ilujunle’, women are subjected to playing a subservient and domestic role, as opposed to the men who are expected to be authoritative and educated figures. This statement can be easily proven using two main characters 'Sidi' and 'Lakunle'.
Lakunle was the village school teacher which meant he was quite well educated as opposed to Sidi, who was like many women in the society Lakunle referred them as ‘Bush girls’ because of their illiteracy. We see here the imbalanced spread of education between men and women in this society, men had the upper hand in education, while women were expected to look after the home and husband. Lakunle continuously belittled Sidi, by making constant remarks about how she was less intelligent and weaker than he was, simply because she was a woman, and he felt no remorse in saying such things to her because he felt justified in what he was saying and did not even see it as offensive, it was a common known fact to the men in their society; women were worth less than men, they were uneducated and all they were worth was reproduction and servitude to the man and his household. The most unorthodox part about these conversations that Lakunle had with Sidi is that they were in an effort to obtain her as a wife. He insulted her and begged her to marry him in the same breath.
Gender and Sexuality in the Lion and the Jewel by Wole Soyinka and Pygmalion by Bernard Shawdocx
 
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Published: July 20, 2017

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