Read “Soyinka: Death and the King’s Horseman” and answer the following questions. Answer each question independently. Total words should be more than 500 not including the questions.
A. What is the Praise Singer telling Elesin at the beginning of the play? What is Elesin saying about himself? What is the meaning of the conversation?
B. When Elesin says, “Memory is the Master of Death,” what does he mean?
C. Why does Elesin want to have sex and impregnate the young woman who is betrothed to Iyaloja’s son? Why does Iyaloja respond as she does?
D. Is Elesin’s choice of the market as his “wedding bed” a comment on the nature of this act, or a statement about his desire? Why do you think so?