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Shvoong Home>Books>THE STRONG BREED Review

THE STRONG BREED

Book Review   by:Julzwriter     Original Author: WOLE SOYINKA
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This is a highly symbolic play. It tells the story of Eman, who lives in a strange village and has to sacrifice his life in order to save the village. Sunma, who is in love with him tries to convince him to leave the village before the new years festival begins at night, because she knows that it is strangers who are normally used as carriers to cleanse the village from its sins. Eman refuses to leave with the last vehicle of the day passing through the village.Sunma despises her village as she feels that it is quite evil, she doesn''t agree with its cultural practices. She rebels against her father, Jaguna, because of this. Unfortunately, she lacks the moral strength of Eman therefore doesn''t bring much change to the village. Sunma is mentally isolated from the rest of the village and wants to leave it. She works for Eman in his hut which he uses as a staffroom and clinic. Sunma doesn’t understand why Eman does not want to leave the village. She vents her anger out on Ifada as she feels that it is Ifada who is distracting Eman’s attention from her. Eman comes from the line of strong breeds that are used as carriers. The play is marked with flashbacks between Eman''s past and the present where he sees images of his father and his dead wife Omae. He had left his village for twelve years in search of a new destiny but had to go back, because as his father said, they were born to be carriers and he could not flee from his destiny. Omae who was his childhood sweetheart had waited for Eman to come back all those years while living in his father’s homestead. Eman had left the village soon after his circumcision and told Omae to wait for him. Omae died during child birth as all the females in the lines of the strong breed do and Eman left his village again.
In the new village, he is a teacher and a healer, but the villagers don''t appreciate what he does, since he is a stranger. He tries to rehabilitate Ifada who is a young boy who suffers from an incurable disease. Ifada is a stranger and the villagers attempt to use him as the carrier but Eman chooses to take his place instead. There is also a sick girl who symbolizes evil, who refuses to go to Eman''s ''clinic'' for healing though it is free. She carries around an effigy that she is going to sacrifice during the festival so that she can be cured. She is an insensitive person as she uses Ifada as suits her. She says “You have a head like a spider’s egg…” Eman flees from the village elders as he is going to be sacrificed and has to be chased around the village for most part of the night. The sacrifice has to be carried out before midnight for it to effectively cleanse the villagers before the New Year begins. Finally, the elders decide to set a trap for Eman. They know that he is thirsty and will head for the river; they dig a hole and cover it with twigs. Sure enough, Eman goes to the river and falls into the trap, ultimately fulfilling his destiny as a carrier even though he is in a strange land. Eman has been portrayed as a type of Christ because he is both a teacher and healer and sacrifices his life to an insensitive village. Eman’s father was also a carrier and sacrificed his life.Write your abstract here.
Published: March 13, 2008   
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  1. Answer   Question  :    tell me the theme of leardership in the play View All
  1. Answer   Question  :    how manhood is described in strong breed View All
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  1. Answer   Question  :    so eman died in the end? ( 3 Answers ) View All
  1. Answer  :    yes Monday, March 03, 2014
  1. Answer  :    yes because he was born as a carrier Monday, June 17, 2013
  1. Answer  :    yes Thursday, May 30, 2013
  1. Answer   Question  :    what do the flashbacks reveal in the novel ? View All
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  1. Answer  :    the theme is Purify the society through a carrier Tuesday, May 07, 2013
  1. Answer   Question  :    Was emans child a boy or girl? ( 3 Answers ) View All
  1. Answer  :    Man Tuesday, May 07, 2013
  1. Answer  :    a girl Friday, April 26, 2013
  1. Answer  :    n garçon Friday, April 26, 2013
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  1. Answer  :    we have as themes,ethnicity,geography,age and religion which is the main theme Thursday, January 16, 2014
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  1. Answer  :    yes Thursday, April 24, 2014
  1. Answer  :    Yes. Sunday, March 17, 2013
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