Death and the King's Horsemen - Scene 5 Summary & Analysis

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Scene 5

Elesin is locked up in the cell with his bride. Two guards stand nearby as Pilkings, now in an officer’s uniform, enters the room. Elesin refers to Pilkings as “ghostly one”. Elesin tells Pilkings he has shattered the peace of the world forever. He goes on to tell Pilkings that he did not save his life, but has destroyed it. Pilkings announces he has done his duty, and has no regrets. Elesin says regrets will come later. He says he was prepared to die, that his whole life was meant for that one moment of death, but Pilkings has stopped it. He does not blame Pilkings anymore, though. It is the white race at large which has stopped the destinies of the Yoruba. Pilkings carries word of Olunde’s apologies for what he said. However, Elesin reveals that Olunde’s contempt has...

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