There Soyinka summons the international community to discuss the urgent problems of African nationhood, fashioning a philosophic imperative to do the right thing in Africa. Like Soyinka, Tutuola came from the Yoruba area in western Nigeria. Here is a writer of spectacular literary gifts; he is an acclaimed lyric and satirical poet, a brilliant novelist of ideas, a memoirist both nostalgic and harrowing, and almost certainly the greatest religious dramatist of our time. He is little more than a crook, always alert for new ways of impressing his gullible followers and keeping them within the fold, as can be seen by his musings about acquiring some grand title for himself that would make his congregation even more malleable in his hands. In other words, he is to commit ritual suicide. All an actor can do is join forces.

Chume questions his wife, discovering that they are outside Jero’s house and that it is the preacher who owes his wife money. This does not lessen the satirical point the dramatist wishes to convey. Jero fears that the Salvation Army is about to be appointed as the state-approved sect, so he gathers all the preachers together and announces he is forming a new church in the image of the country’s military rulers. He is a very suave operator who has his act down completely: Follow Us on Facebook. Everyone is given a military title, including Chume, who, it turns out, spent only three months in the lunatic asylum and was soon won back into Jero’s fold by the preacher’s promise of rapid promotion. Amope is the shrewish wife of Chume, well practiced at adopting the role of a martyr and indulging in constant bickering.

This summqry of medical treatment is crucial to one of Soyinka’s earliest and most accessibly powerful plays, The Strong Breed July 21, at 6: Amope tells Chume to stop the bicycle outside a particular hut. A boy walks past her, beating on a trias, and she insults him, too. But he has long had a talent for preaching, which showed up even when he was a child. The politician, unaware of what has taken place, opens his eyes. When Jero returns, he is bruised and bloody.

In this essay, he examines the archetypal characters in The Trials of Brother Jero and also discusses Soyinka’s development of the title character in his later play, Jero’s Metamorphosis. The characters in the play are not concerned with issues of nationhood—they’re concerned with plto of community and how best to survive; they are responding to the cruelty of a singularly insensitive regime.


He refuses to allow Chume to beat his wife, for example, because he thinks that would give Chume a sense of fulfillment and he would no longer look to Jero for guidance.

The Trials of Brother Jero words. Shakespeare’s Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew is perhaps the most famous.

As he flees, Eman encounters an Old Man and his attendant. April 18, at 3: It is his greatest wish to do so, and in the village marketplace, surrounded by people who love and eummary him, he awaits the appointed time. She probably never guesses that her weak husband has been harboring such ttrials against her.

Jero does not answer. He is also glad that Chume has found him on the beach this early in the morning, because he likes to pretend that he sleeps on the beach, whereas in fact he sleeps in a bed in his house.

The Trials of Brother Jero and The Strong Breed Characters

It also underwent many schisms, and by the s there were ten different divisions of the church. There are, however, collisions of ethnic interests which the government orchestrates.

But talk to those taxi drivers—even those who are here in the U. Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: He established a reputation for blending Yoruba influences with Western dramatic styles. The Strong Breed, pages end.

Jero then turns his attention back to the politician and decides to recruit him as a follower. But wait a while my spirit. He is very effective at this because he has a good understanding of human psychology, especially of those tgials come within his orbit. Wright presents a comprehensive examination of Soyinka’s work.

The hopes of the newly independent nation had not been fulfilled and, inthere were several military coups.

One wonders how there can be a nation where people could wake up and be rendered homeless in peacetime, for no reason other than greed. Invariably I name two candidates: How can I make you understand?


He tries to off from his house without Amope seeing him, but he is not successful. West African literature in English has a comparatively short history.

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But the play reveals that while it thrives in discontent, it is far from fulfilling that discontent, and may even be a hindrance. The thing I miss here is getting lost in the bush. He identifies himself as a prophet, by which he means preacher. My life done spoil finish. During this period, Soyinka was professor of comparative literature and dramatic arts at the University of Ife; he was lpot a visiting professor at Yale University and the University of Ghana.

It makes a difference with certain plays. Jeo she compares his job unfavorably to that of a sanitary inspector, who at least has a motorcycle. If we dey walk a today, give us our own bicycle tomorrow….

The Trials of Brother Jero | play by Soyinka |

Abrams in A Glossary of Literary Terms”ridicules political policies or philosophical doctrines, or else attacks the disorders of society by making ridiculous the violators of its standards of morals or manners.

Oxford University Press, Now he predicts he will become Chief Clerk. They are jailed, they are brutalized by the police, their families are brohter taken hostage. You are commenting using your Facebook account.

The Trials of Brother Jero

I do what I do because I’m temperamentally inclined to do it. Jero pretends to take no notice of the curse, although in fact it worries him.

Notify me of new posts via email. They squabble, with Amope complaining that the bumpy landing hurt her foot.

These spiritualist, Pentecostal churches flourished in western Nigeria during the s, and they are the main targets of Soyinka’s satire in The Trials of Brother Jero.