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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Who is the antagonist of  Ma Rainey's Black Bottom by August Wilson? Who is the protagonist? What is the dramatic...

The protagonist of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is the titular character, a blues singer whose recording session is the setting of August Wilson’s play. However, the other musicians who take part in...

Latest answer posted August 29, 2018 3:16 pm UTC

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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

In August Wilson's play Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, why are various characters given unusual names and nicknames?

The reason why August Wilson gives his characters unusual names and nicknames is to tell us something about important about the character. For example, the piano player Toledo is the only member of...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2020 10:47 pm UTC

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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

What past events does Levee speak of that have greatly affected his attitude about race? This pertaining to the...

Levee speaks of the gang of white men who raided his father’s farm and raped his mother when he was only eight years old. Clearly, this experience shapes his attitude toward white men, for he says...

Latest answer posted September 17, 2018 11:11 am UTC

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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

What is the thesis of the story of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom?  

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom was written by August Wilson. It was put on stage for the first time in 1984. The play is set in Chicago during the 1930s. The play is about a group of black musicians who...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2020 9:02 am UTC

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Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

How is Wilson’s play Ma Rainey's Black Bottom tragic according to Aristotle’s definition of tragedy?

Ma Rainey's Bottom, also known as The Tragedy of Levee Green conforms to the tenets proposed by Aristotle in "Theory of Tragedy", which he published in Poetics. Based on Levee's tragedy as the...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2015 3:42 pm UTC

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