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Isolation In The Dance and the Railroad and The Strong Breed

analytical Essay
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Isolation In The Dance and the Railroad and The Strong Breed An overall theme of isolation permeates through both Wole Soyinka’s The Strong Breed and David Henry Hwang’s The Dance and the Railroad. Every character in these two plays suffers from some form of isolation from the rest of their society. Although Hwang’s Lone and Soyinka’s Girl are isolated for markedly different reasons and take opposite roads in their character growth, they share many similarities including often mirroring their society and some of their treatment of other characters. In The Dance and the Railroad, Lone has self imposed his isolation from the rest of the railroad workers. He describes them to Ma as “dead men,” believing that they have lost their spirit working for the “white devils”. Lone does not seem to respect his countrymen and withdraws instead to practice his craft. These feelings change by the end of the play. After the workers are successful with their strike demands, Lone regains his respect for them. He expresses this to Ma: “Maybe I was wrong about them”(1456). Soyinka’s ...

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the theme of isolation permeates wole soyinka's the strong breed and david henry hwangs' the dance and the railroad.
  • Analyzes how lone self-imposed his isolation from the rest of the railroad workers. he describes them to ma as "dead men" and withdraws instead to practice his craft.
  • Analyzes how soyinka's girl suffers a different isolation. her isolation symbolically ends near the end of the play, much like lone.
  • Analyzes how the girl, like her fellow villagers, is detached and unaffected by human need. her treatment of ifada is merciless.
  • Compares lone's treatment of ma with the treatment he has received from the villagers and the workers, who belittle him by lying about things like living underground during the winter and warm snow.
  • Analyzes how lone and the girl share many common characteristics and have many differences. they are both isolated from the others in the play.
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