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In the play's preface, Soyinka states flatly that seeing Death and the King's Horseman just as a drama about a "clash of civilizations" and the role of colonialism in Nigeria is incorrect and reductive. Instead, he wants readers and potential filmmakers to concentrate on Elesin's dilemma as he fails to complete his suicide for a variety of reasons unrelated to Pilkings' attempts to stop him.
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With reference to the way OCasey presents the members of the Boyle family in Juno and the Paycock, how far do you agree that they attempt to escape their poverty?
Mary?s judgement of men is clouded by her poverty. She chooses Bentham over Jerry because Bentham can offer her a more comfortable life, even though Jerry probably would have treated her better. However, this method to escape her poverty backfires on her and she ends up in a worse situation than she was before ? unmarried and pregnant. Every step Mary takes to void her poverty inevitably brings her one step closer to it. Mary tries to influence her father into working as well, even though she is on strike.
- Word count: 1003