LITR 5831 Seminar in World / Multicultural Literature:
Tragedy & Africa

Discussion-Leader Presentation

Jeanette Smith, 15 February 2016

Discussion questions for Death and the King’s Horseman part II

1. If, in tragedy, the greatness of humanity is revealed through human failure, how do you see this idea expressed in Death and the King’s Horseman? (61)

2. How does tragedy complicate questions of crime and justice? (“Being, the Will, and Semantics of Death”158,164 and DKH 43, 51, 52 and “Ideology and Tragedy” 167)

3. How does crime and justice in Death and the King’s Horseman compare with that of the Agamemnon trilogy, specifically in The Eumenides? In which text did you find the idea of justice the most satisfying?

4. How does Death and the King’s Horseman use or repress spectacle? (58, 62)

5. If postcolonial literature is frequently millennial or apocalyptic, how may Death and the King's Horseman be regarded as millennial or apocalyptic? (50, 51, 62)

6. Where did you experience the sublime in this text? (A part of the apocalyptic narrative is the sublime. In contrast to beauty or prettiness, the sublime describes beauty mixed with terror, danger, threat—usually on a grand or elevated scale. For audiences, the experience of the sublime brings a powerful mixture of pleasure and pain).