Fear is a constant emotion that arises in any human within any society, past or present. It is evident that the unknown on the other side of fear influences ones decision making process which leads us to a constant scare of change from societal norms. Concluding that the fear instilled in ones mind is counterproductive to promote changes in traditions within a culture or society. ABOVE IS THE THESIS THAT MUST BE INCLUDED AND THE STRUCTURE OF THE PAPER BELOW ARE EXAMPLES THAT MUST BE MENTIONED (Death of a kings horseman) – Elesin, the Kings right hand man, who exhausted every benefit that came with that title was faced with his promise when the king passed. Although it was an easy decision to take on that roll and what it came with at the beginning the reality and fear of suicide did not settle in until the time has come. We see here that Elesins fear is fuelling his potential decision to be the first ever horseman to not continue this tradition in the Yoruba community. The fear instilled in Elesin at this time was so intense that he was willing to go against his promise and the comfortability of his current life gave him the courage to go against this grounded tradition. – Iyaloja, the mother of the market, feared extremely for the Yoruba tradition not to be carried out she went to extreme measures to ensure it happens. Iyaloja allowed and helped Elesin chase after one of the beautiful women in the market who happened to be the girl that her own son is engaged to. This shows how the fear of the tradition not being upheld made Iyaloja to make an impulsive decision based on not knowing what would happen if Elesin didn’t make the ultimate sacrifice. – Olunde, the horseman’s son, had similar fear to Iyaloja although he was more frightened for his father. Not knowing the outcome that would occur if his father didn’t carry out the ultimate sacrifice he also made an impulsive decision and made the ultimate sacrifice for him. Olunde believed if his father didn’t carry out the Yoruba tradition that it would unleash cosmos chaos within the community and Olunde took it upon hims to avoid that and gave himself up.