Love Triangular Theory and Inverted Symmetry in Wole Soyinka’s The Lion and the Jewel and The Trials of Brother Jero


This article presents a construct of love based upon a triangular theory and inverted symmetry. The work opens with a review of some of the major theories of love, and with a discussion of some of the major issues in love research. Next it briefly reviews selected elements of the triangular theory of love, according to which love can be understood as comprising three components intimacy, passion, and decision/ commitment. The aim of this study is to examine the plays in the geometry perspective based on triangular theory and inverted symmetry. The dramatic action informs, educates and entertains the readers. In Wole Soyinka’s plays, love triangular theory and the principle of inverted symmetry operate to show the victory of tradition over modernity on the one hand, women aggressivity and religion contribution to tragedy in Nigeria on the other hand.

DOI: 10.32996/ijllt.2019.2.5.33 
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