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Old Story Time

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Today's Jamaica seems overly preoccupied with the issues of class and colour. In Old Story Time Trevor Rhone mirrors a Jamaica struggling with the same subject in the Mid Twentieth century. Discuss these concerns of the play in detail making comparisons/contrasts to the current Jamaican and Caribbean societies.

In Old Story Time Trevor Rhone mirrors a Jamaica struggling with similar subjects in the mid century. Concerns that are brought out in Old Story Time are still evident in the Jamaican society today. The issues of class and colour that are presented within the play are still issues in Jamaica today. In the effort to rise to a European standard of beauty, blacks are still slaves to this mentality. This European standard of beauty (aquiline nose, long hair, and white skin) was not only considered as the epitome of beauty within Caribbean societies in the past but is still largely accepted in Caribbean societies today. Despite the fact that there is nothing wrong with European beauty, this becomes an issue when a racial class considers itself inferior to another racial class because of years of mental conditioning. Trevor Rhone ingeniously highlights this issue through the personalities of the characters in Old Story Time. The mental inferiority shown in these story bound characters as a result of years of slavery and colonization are still evident within our society today, and are here discussed as they are show in Old Story Time. Black women of antiquity were legendary for their beauty and power. During this time, the African woman with her typical African physiognomy was believed to be the standard of beauty in that part of the ancient world. As shown in the character of Mama/Miss Aggy in Old Story Time, Mama was driven with the similar strength as her ancient female counterparts in her wanting to see her son Len become successful. In her effort to see her son succeed, she was willing to do anything for him. However, in order for Len to have progressed...
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