The Question and Answer section for Death and the King’s Horseman is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
The overall message speaks to the preservation of culture, and the refusal to accept colonization, as well as the cultural that accompanies it. The conflict in the novel also represents a larger conflict that was created by Imperialism.
Oral tradition is reflected in the text of Death and the King's Horseman through the Yoruba religion. The Yoruba religion is prevalent in Western Nigeria, and its tales were passed from town to town by storytellers. Over time, the stories varied,...
Pilkings is at fault for Elesin's incapability to fulfill his duty.