Wole Soyinka: Jero's Metamorphosis

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  • Craig McLuckie (Okanagan College)

Jero’s Metamorphosis (1973) is more substantive than The Trials of Brother Jero (1964), in that it is a full length stage play. Jero’s Metamorphosis remains on similar terrain to the earlier work, though Brother Jero’s appetite for power has increased. Indeed the image in the opening stage direction recalls the brevity and succinctness of Soyinka’s revue sketches: “On the wall, a large framed picture of a uniformed figure ... indicates that Jero’s diocese is no longer governed by his old friends the civilian politicians. As Jero dictates ... it is obvious that he has his mind very much on this photograph” (Soyinka, The Jero Plays, London: Methuen, 1977, p.47). The play’s coherence centres on …

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McLuckie, Craig. "Jero's Metamorphosis". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 February 2004
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