Throughout history, many different groups of people have been oppressed and taking advantage of. However, the African diasporas during the middle passage and the oppression of the people following it stands out amongst the rest. The oppression of people of African descent is unique because the effects of such are still prominent in new generations. August Wilson tackles the tones, moods, attitudes and feelings of generation after generation of oppressed people in his plays. In his play Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, he addresses the feelings and tones of the generation of African Americans that were struggling to find purpose and identity in the years after emancipation. Wilson illustrated a number of different attitudes and moods ranging from those of African Americans who were born free to those of the vulnerable African American women living during that time. Wilson also highlighted the effects oppression had on African American spiritualism. He did so by illustrating the traumatizing effects oppression had on African Americans in the south. In the last scene of the play Wilson uses the character Herald Loomis to exemplify the feelings of African Americans caused by the effects of the oppression of generation after generation.
Wilson uses the character Herald Loomis to shed light on the feelings of anger and anguish felt by generations of oppressed African Americans. Herald Loomis was depicted as a cold and distant man. He was beyond angry with the world around him after his ordeals. Wilson described him as, “…unable to harmonize the forces that swirl around him and seeks to re-create the world into one that contains his image.” Herald Loomis was angry with the world because he gave his life to God and the church as a deacon, but was held captive as a slave by Joe Turner for seven years. In the process, Loomis lost his family and religion. He felt neglected by the God he served, hence his anger. In the final scene, a sense of anguish is illustrated by the...
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