Amiri Baraka Drama Analysis - Essay

Amiri Baraka Drama Analysis

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Working with forms ranging from the morality play to avant-garde expressionism, Amiri Baraka throughout his career sought to create dramatic rituals expressing the intensity of the physical and psychological violence that dominates his vision of American culture. From his early plays on “universal” alienation through his Black Nationalist celebrations to his multimedia proletarian pageants, Baraka has focused on a variety of sacrificial victims as his central dramatic presences. Some of these victims remain passive scapegoats who allow a corrupt and vicious system to dictate their fate. Others assume the role of heroic martyr in the cause of community consciousness. Yet a third type of victim is the doomed oppressor whose death...

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