As I reread Ma Rainey Black Bottom by August Wilson, I was surprised to find more connections than I initially found. Being almost at the end of the quarter, we as a class have delved into many different pieces of literature. Overall, many themes of the literature have been oppression, racism, and identity struggles. Sometimes as you read, you get lost in how everything is all connected. However, as I reflect back again on the first book we read in the class --certain themes...
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...n buying the shoe, Levee though he could obtain status through material objects, but no matter what he did, never able to obtain status/success in white society. When Toledo steps on his shoes & Sturdyvant retract record deal - last straw - show that his dreams could be so easily crushed - unable to obtain status. Also , Wilson through Ma Rainey shows the struggle of status through her interaction with the police. Ma Rainey says “Tell him who I am! …Say my name”(Wilson, page 48) Ma Rainey had to tell Irvin to tell the white police office so many times who see was in order to be recognized. This scene shows the battle with external status. IT shows that even though the situation was between Ma Rainey and the police officer, only the white men can deal/ solve the problem. Ma Rainey has no input no matter which she is because she is a black women in a white society .
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