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Wole Solinkas Death and the Kings Horseman shows but one small example of how European and American people disrupt and disrespect other cultures As said by Olunde I discovered that you have no respect for what you do not understand Those who are from the European tradition including Americans have no understanding and no respect of how other cultures view death Here we fear it It is something to be avoided for as long as possible eventually thanks to science postponed indefinitely Christian doctrine does not believe that there is any honor or hope for those who choose self-destruction In many other cultures there is no such equivalent for Hell for rarely is death a punishment Rather life with shame is their punishment In the European world suicide is seen as an escape from reality from responsibility In the Nigerian Yoruba culture death is a natural progression the way of life There is no sense in postponing death it is to be welcomed with open arms It is seen as shameful to miss your time to die as epitomized by the pitiful character of Elesin The Western culture does not understand this and therefore causes the downfall of Elesin in the eyes of his son and his people In Western drama the belief that death is a punishment is rampant The downfall of a tragic character is typically death Death was to be Elesins greatest moment the best thing he could have done for his people But instead his living beyond that was his downfall In our culture it is the majority opinion that we value life over honor Why else do we have prisons In African cultures are there equivalents of prisons Perhaps their prison like Elesins are not walls and bars but really the fact that they are living with the shame that they have not died in the proper time
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