Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

Discuss the role that irony plays in the plays by August Wilson that you have seen or read.

Do you consider Wilson an angry playwright or merely a realistic one?

Discuss the roles of women in the Wilson plays that you have seen or read.

Aristotle placed considerable emphasis on the unities of time and place in evaluating drama. Discuss these unities in the Wilson plays with which you are familiar.

What do you consider the three most important social issues in the black communities about which Wilson writes?

Discuss the part that parentage plays in Wilson’s writing.

Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation freed the slaves in 1863. According to Wilson, were African Americans really free in the twentieth century United States?