Essay about The Telephone Conversation by Wole Soyinka

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The Telephone Conversation by Wole Soyinka The "Telephone Conversation" by Wole Soyinka is a poem that's title is very casual and straight forward. The poem's title shows the reader that what they are meant to read is realistic and free flowing. Like most poems there is a general theme that is carried on from start to end. The "Telephone Conversation" has two main obvious themes; these are racism and the lack of education and understanding that some people may have. As the reader reads through the play they become aware that the persona is African and therefore has a darker skin tone than white skinned people. The poet has given the persona as well as the landlady different forms of speech.…show more content…
The poet has included the use of mockery and sarcasm in the speech of both the persona and the landlady, "You mean - like plain or milk chocolate?" Along with mockery and sarcasm there is humour, however this humour is ambiguous. The conversation has a mixture of language forms. It jumps from having mockery and sarcasm along with humour, to a form of desperation and panic, "I pleaded". With the persona being "West African sepia" they are worried about the way they will be treated by the landlord and are afraid that they will not be accepted the way that they would like. The poet has shown the emotion of panic from the persona through the use of personification. Although there is the suggestion that the persona is put under the pressure of trying to describe their exact tone to the landlady, "Button B. Button A." The poet has used personification to describe and perhaps hide the panic within the persona, "Red booth…squelching tar" The use of the term 'red' gives several images to the reader. The term in this context represents a hint of anger by the persona. The people of England have been indirectly described as being 'white' while
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