The Lion and the Jewel

Why did Sidi refuse to marry Lakunle without the bride price?

 Why did sidi refuse to marry lakunle without the bride price?

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Sidi adheres to the cultural traditions of her village. Thus, she would not marry without the bride price, especially since Lakunle treated her in a condescending manner and referred to her as an “uneducated bush girl.” She care for him, but she did not embrace his modernity, condescending speech, or educated banter.

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Sidi has no thoughts of letting go off her traditional acts. In the village paying the bride price is a symbolic practice which indicates that the bride is a virgin. Sid did not want the villagers to think she is not a virgin so she refuse to take lakunle's hand in marriage.

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Sidi refused to marry Lakunle if he was not willing to pay the bride price, because she believed strongly in her cultural traditions and she also does not want to make herself "a bowl for the village spit" What this device means is that Sidi does not want gossip to spread about her not being a virgin since the bride price is generally a symbol of the bride's virgin. If Lakunle does not pay the bride price, it would be inferred that she had already been deflowered.

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