Wole Soyinka: The Trials of Brother Jero

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  • Craig McLuckie (Okanagan College)

Soyinka's The Trials of Brother Jero is the first of his three “Jero” plays. The play is a farce that focuses on four characters (Jero, Chume, Amope, and a Member of Parliament) over five scenes. The main character, Jero, is a beach prophet who makes his way by prophesying the futures of other working class people in the vicinity. Chume is a messenger who seeks relief from his shrewish wife Amope and predicts advancement in his career. Amope is a market woman to whom Jero owes money. The Member of Parliament, who appears at the play's close, is a signal that Jero's trade is about to have more significant social consequences. The play adheres to the unities of time (one “rather eventful day” in Jero's life), place (…

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McLuckie, Craig. "The Trials of Brother Jero". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 October 2003
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