Caribbean Playwrights

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Caribbean playwrights

Final Essay exam

During this semester we have been studying Caribbean playwrights. In one way or another, these playwrights relate. Issues like poverty, economic problems, racism, gender discrimination, rituals and others are common problems seen in the playwrights. In each one of them we can see how the characters during the drama try to solve their situation and sometimes without thinking about the consequences. Even if the drama is different there is always found a black character that in one point or another passes a tragic situation. I decided to compare three plays, which are: An Echo on the Bone by Dennis Scott, Jean and Dinah by Hall Tony, Rhome Spencer and Susan Sandyford and Smile Orange by Trevor Rhone.

During the 3 playwrights there is specially found the economic problems. In An Echo in the Bone the funeral of Crew is going on and Rachel, the protagonist and his wife, doesn’t have money to do a funeral. Before Crew dies, a white man offered Rachel a job. She was his lover for a time and slept with him two times. He was back in town and had a house that needed a housekeeper. Rachel had a family formed with her husband, her boys and her daughter – in – law. Here is how Rachel rejects the job. STONE: You’ll have a staff of about four, I think, it’s a big old house, though I’ll probably close down half of it. Maybe make in into a museum. There’s some fine stuff there from the past. My wife never appreciated it. Solid stuff. Enduring. RACHEL: Thank you for the offer, Sir. I will ask around in the village if you want. (Scott.2.192-193). In the necessity of money she was forced to borrow things from the market and pay them when she had the money. She owed money to Madam. This dialogue shows how she owed money and didn’t had money to pay for the ritual of a funeral. RACHEL: I don’t have tears left inside me, boy. For thrirty years this land take all the moisture the is in me, and nor it take my man too. I don’t have nothing left o give. Tomorrow will make nine nights since he gone. I holding a wake for him, to watch over his spirit for the las time. You will come? MADAM: You can’t stand the expense, Rachel.

(Scott.1. 348 – 349)
In this play another character that had economic problems is P. Most of the characters smoked weed and P was a seller of this drug. Here is shown how he knows how dangerous is working in that but was a stable money. During this piece of dialogue the racism is also seen. P: Is a steady market, me son. Every week the ma come from town and tajke all I have off my hands, selling it to the sailor boy down in the harbor. It don’t have no trouble in it, just grow the plants and tie the leaves up. Ready to take away. STONE: He pay good. Mass P? Answer me that.

P: It small but is steady, me son.
BRIGIT: Is a white man, P?
P: Fairskin.
STONE: Worse yet. That kind stand between the rich and the poor, and they would sell out their own grandmother to get closer to the rich. You watch, one day he going to ask you yo lower the prce, and say no if you bad. First thing you know, the police have information where to find you, and the game is over. (Scott.2.29-34)

In the second play that I chose, Jean and Dinah, the economic problems are seen specially in Jean. Jean is a prostitute that has 2 kids and ran away from her home at 18 years old. Dinah is a waiter that doesn’t earn like Jean but she isn’t ashamed of her job. During al the play Jean is seen as ambitious women that since she lived in poverty when she was young now she is interested in having everything she never had doing whatever it takes. Dinah during the play always intends to make Jean a waiter too. Dinah for a time danced for money but Popo, the owner, helped her and took her out of that. Dinah was determined in having a job that didn’t ashamed her. Here is seen how Dinah changed. In the aspects mentioned, discussing with Jean she mentioned it. DINAH: Me? You was to see me encourage> You...
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