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Due to the obligation of serving as a new tribal member in third world environments one would be expected to maintain the standards and beliefs of religion politics and family Dedication to these new beliefs would cause stress and added pressure for one to strive for the satisfaction of the tribe and people This could result in isolation and unhappiness In his play Death and a Kings Horseman Wole Soyinka combines the Yoruba culture and a predominant western culture to express the clash between the two In the Yoruban world everything survives on ancient history and religion The Yorubans beliefs are so strong that when Elesin was to follow his king to heaven this was acceptable for the people to understand From the Western perspective it is hard for people to accept a ritual suicide as positive or helpful to the living Soyinka uses mystic elements to provide the reader with a sense of the African tradition The religious traditions in Africa are to respect the king as ruler so that the people would be protected of war have organized politics and rather comfortable living conditions With out a named king the tribal members would fight over the succession of the kings position This would cause anarchy within the community It is mandatory for the king to be serious at all times He must eat and sleep alone and those who wish to see him must bow their heads in respect The kings Canadian immigrated son is appointed to be the successor after he passes on His son realizes what chaos the people would experience if he refuses to accept the role as king The people would never forgive him and he would rather be dead than deal with the guilt His son also realizes the sacrifices that go along with the role as king He can no longer talk on the phone with his friends walk to the store listen to
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