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Joe Turner's Come and Gone

Quite simply, the significance of the title is in the title of a blues song with the same name: "Joe Turner's Come and Gone." Even though Joe Turner is not a character in this play, he is...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2016 10:37 am UTC

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Joe Turner's Come and Gone

The drama is part of Wilson's historical cycle in which he wished to chronicle the struggle of African- Americans decade by decade. In the case of the drama, Wilson is documenting the struggle for...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2013 8:13 am UTC

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Joe Turner's Come and Gone

While the metaphor is easily found in Joe Turner's Come and Gone, other literary elements may be hard to find based upon the play format. Another literary element found in the play is imagery....

Latest answer posted January 7, 2012 7:32 am UTC

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Joe Turner's Come and Gone

By the time the two unite, Martha has already made a new life for herself. Herald accuses her of not waiting for him to return. She insists she had to make a new life because she figured either he...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2007 7:03 am UTC

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Joe Turner's Come and Gone

Joe Turner's Come and Gone is a play by the African American playwright August Wilson (1945–2005). The drama, which examines life in an African American boarding house in Pittsburgh in 1911, was...

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Joe Turner's Come and Gone

One of Wilson's primary expressions in the drama is the search for African- American identity. In the time of the drama, African- Americans were in the midst of a massive search for their "song,"...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2013 2:06 am UTC

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Joe Turner's Come and Gone

Wilson constructs the characterizations of each individual in the drama to reflect some aspect of African- American identity that demand empathy. While the historical context of African- American...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2013 2:30 am UTC

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Joe Turner's Come and Gone

One character that is a cautionary tale would be Mattie. She is in need of what Bynum would call her "song." Simply put, she lacks it. Mattie is incapable of recognizing the need to find her own...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2013 2:17 am UTC

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Joe Turner's Come and Gone

Mattie Campbell turns up at the boarding house looking for Bynum. The old man has a reputation for being a folk magician, and Mattie wants him to use his reputed special powers to help bring back...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2018 9:17 am UTC

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Joe Turner's Come and Gone

It is not accidental that the drama encompasses the African- American experience through the lens of characters at different points of the generational trajectory. Bynum embodies the older...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2013 4:37 am UTC

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Joe Turner's Come and Gone

Wilson is suggesting that the history of African- American culture is complex. There is no other way to embrace the culture without accepting its complex nature. In this light, the people that...

Latest answer posted July 18, 2013 4:09 am UTC

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Joe Turner's Come and Gone

You can find the names of both men and women in that 1988 production here: http://www.ibdb.com/production.asp?ID=4499

Latest answer posted March 15, 2007 11:12 pm UTC

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