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Are the conflicts within "The Kentucky Cycle" strictly American? Are the conflicts...

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cityplumbing | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 13, 2008 at 11:54 AM via web

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Are the conflicts within "The Kentucky Cycle" strictly American?

Are the conflicts within "The Kentucky Cycle" strictly American?

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playsthething | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted November 13, 2008 at 2:01 PM (Answer #2)

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I would say the play is quintessentially American; it is an epic telling of a history that is not well known and quite ugly.  The events are certainly very American: the moving out of the Native Americans (by whatever means were necessary), the difficulty of the pioneer's life, families pulled apart by the Civil War, the raping of the land (and abuse of workers) by the mining companies, etc.  But the themes are absolutely universal - especially if you consider the ideas of greed and ethics.  What you do to get what what you want, and what price you are willing to pay in terms of your own integrity are important questions that are raised in both parts of this play.  

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 14, 2008 at 9:20 AM (Answer #3)

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The themes and issues in this novel are also dealt with in Africa and other nations.  There is a domestic feel to this work, however, there are many universal issues with which non-Americans can relate easily.

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