The memoir, Ak, and the play, King Lear, show situations of great personal change. (Wole and the market women, for example, from the memoir, and, in the play, Lear, Cordelia, Regan, Goneril, Edmund, Edgar and Gloucester). At the memoir’s end, society is changing, whereas in the play, society is largely the same as at the beginning of the work.
Explain how forces of societal structure or change sometimes are accented, but sometimes are diminished by these works attention to personal situations. How is the comfort or discomfort of characters related to or separated from societal conditions? How are those conditions considered or not considered to be problems? How is the level of drama in these works connected to societal issues or personal ones? Cite precisely from the texts in supporting your points.
Ake Wole Soyinka