Student’s Name Professor’s Name Course Date Racism in James Baldwin’s Blues for Mister Charlie The play’s preface accentuates that it is set in ‘Plaguetown U.S.A’ and that the raging plague is representative of race and Christianity. Also the plague possesses the significant potential to destroy human relationships. Notably Blues for Mister Charlie affords Baldwin an opportunity to explore certain issues entangled between race and also Christianity by effectively using setting and dialogue as his main platforms. For instance the setting of the stage is inclined as a commentary on the overall situation between the races. In particular the play is set on a stage with an aisle dividing through the set to highlight what Baldwin terms as ‘Whitetown” and ‘Blacktown”; this aspect automatically establishes the tone of the play. The aisle also cuts through two sections in the stage which interchangeably function as a courthouse or a church. Noteworthy received a lot of acclamation for highlighting the plight of African Americans and it was also dedicated to Medgar Evers a fallen civil rights activist as well as the children who lost their lives in the bombing of the Birmingham Church. Mister Charlie is representative of a person who feels omnipotent and would go to extremes of manipulation to attain power. Essentially the play explores through factual and figurative racial dissociation between the blacks and whites in America. Also the play highlights how black people resolved to remain committed to Church matters as an escape for a rather treacherous life under their oppressors. Also Baldwin accentuates the hypocrisy that exists between ‘blacktown’ and ‘whitetown’ through the life of Lyle. The play provides an elaborate critique of discrimination based on race and class within the American society. Works Cited Baldwin James. “Blues for Mister Charlie.” Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2013. [...]
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