Expressionist Plays: The Emperor Jones, Murderer, the Hope of Women, a Dream Play, the Hairy Ape, Johnny Johnson, the Adding Machine, Machinal Books LLC

ISBN: 9781157095156

Published: May 27th 2010

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38 pages


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Expressionist Plays: The Emperor Jones, Murderer, the Hope of Women, a Dream Play, the Hairy Ape, Johnny Johnson, the Adding Machine, Machinal  by  Books LLC

Expressionist Plays: The Emperor Jones, Murderer, the Hope of Women, a Dream Play, the Hairy Ape, Johnny Johnson, the Adding Machine, Machinal by Books LLC
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This is nonfiction commentary. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: The Emperor Jones, Murderer, the Hope of Women, a Dream Play, theMoreThis is nonfiction commentary. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publishers book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Chapters: The Emperor Jones, Murderer, the Hope of Women, a Dream Play, the Hairy Ape, Johnny Johnson, the Adding Machine, Machinal, the Warden of the Tomb, Bury the Dead.

Source: Wikipedia. Free updates online. Not illustrated. Excerpt: The Emperor Jones is a 1920 play by American dramatist, Eugene ONeill which tells the tale of Brutus Jones, an African-American man who kills a man, goes to prison, escapes to a Caribbean island, and sets himself up as emperor. The play recounts his story in flashbacks as Brutus makes his way through the forest in an attempt to escape former subjects who have rebelled against him. The play displays an uneasy mix of expressionism and realism, which is also characteristic of several other ONeill plays, including The Hairy Ape.

It was ONeills first play to receive great critical acclaim and box office success, and the one that launched his career. The play is divided into eight scenes. Scenes 2 through 7 are from the point of view of Jones, and no other character speaks. The first and last scenes feature a character named Smithers, a white trader who appears to be part of illegal activities. In the first scene, Smithers is told about the rebellion by an old woman, and then has a lengthy conversation with Jones. In the last scene, Smithers converses with Lem, the leader of the rebellion.

Smithers has mixed feelings about Jones, though he generally has more respect for Jones than for the rebels. During this scene, Jones is killed by a silver bullet, which was the only way that the rebels believed Jones could be killed, and the way in which Jones planned to kill himself if he was captured.

The Emperor Jones first staged on 1 November 1920 by The Provincetown Players at the Playwrights Theater in New York City. Charles Sidney Gi...More: http: //booksllc.net/?id=7345



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