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Gem of the Ocean

Gem of the Ocean by August Wilson is a play that takes place in 1904 in the home of Aunt Ester, a 285-year-old African American woman. Ester has become known as a wise woman who can cleanse souls,...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2020 3:26 pm UTC

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Gem of the Ocean

The central question of freedom is contrasted to enslavement in August Wilson's play. The author presents the idea of one character who embodies all enslaved persons: Aunt Ester Tyler. The paradox...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2019 4:24 am UTC

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Gem of the Ocean

All the characters in August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean are shown as not being truly free. All are held back in some way by the burden of the past. The power of the past is best represented by Aunt...

Latest answer posted September 9, 2020 8:18 pm UTC

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Gem of the Ocean

Though for the most part grounded in history, August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean contains a number of fantastical elements. One only has to think of the protagonist, Aunt Ester Tyler, being 287 years...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2021 12:31 pm UTC

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Gem of the Ocean

Let's think about the theme of freedom in August Wilson's play Gem of the Ocean. First, what is freedom? Is it merely a label like saying, “The slaves are all free now”? Or is it a state of...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2020 6:04 pm UTC

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Gem of the Ocean

Selig and Solly Two Kings bring Eli and Black Mary the bad news that the town is in an uproar over the death of Garrett Brown. Brown was a young mill-worker accused of the minor crime of stealing a...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2020 8:42 am UTC

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Gem of the Ocean

In addressing the relative blame for Solly’s death, it may be useful to distinguish between “responsibility” and “guilt.” Citizen’s initial action of stealing the nails results in an unjust...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2019 9:09 pm UTC

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Gem of the Ocean

Aunt Ester appears as a guardian or a spiritual guide for the other characters in the play. They come to her when they feel low and are seeking spiritual cleansing, refreshment, and guidance. She...

Latest answer posted December 31, 2019 3:46 pm UTC

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Gem of the Ocean

By the time August Wilson's play Gem of the Ocean opens, slavery has been done for several decades. It is now 1904, but the play's characters have all been affected by slavery, and many of them are...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2021 7:08 pm UTC

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Gem of the Ocean

Foreshadowing is a literary technique in which an author hints at a later development in a story through an earlier element of plot, character, dialogue, or setting. The hint may be quite strong or...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2020 5:32 pm UTC

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Gem of the Ocean

Aunt Ester, at the ripe old age of 287, is a source of much wisdom to the other characters in the play. Because she's lived so long and lived through so many important episodes in African American...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2019 11:46 am UTC

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Gem of the Ocean

The answer to this depends in part on one’s own opinion, but I will provide some thoughts to help you start reflecting on this! One might argue that Citizen is ultimately responsible for Garret...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2021 9:35 pm UTC

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