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International Journal of Research in English

Vol. 6, Issue 1, Part B (2024)

Layers of perception: Racial dynamics in Ma Rainey's black bottom


Bhavya Bhardwaj


August Wilson’s play Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom delves into the lives of individuals amidst pivotal historical shifts, offering a profound exploration of race, power dynamics, and cultural identity. This paper aims to analyse Wilson's portrayal of Black male characters and their interactions with their White counterparts within the context of the play. Through a close examination of character dynamics and thematic elements, the paper will uncover how Wilson skillfully navigates the complexities of race relations, highlighting the nuances of power and agency within a racially stratified society. By scrutinizing the actions, dialogue, and motivations of the characters, the paper will attempt to elucidate how Wilson underscores the intersectionality of race, class, and gender, shedding light on the enduring legacy of systemic oppression and the resilience of the human spirit. Through this analysis, this study seeks to deepen the understanding of Wilson's masterful storytelling and its enduring relevance in contemporary discourse on race and representation.

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How to cite this article:
Bhavya Bhardwaj. Layers of perception: Racial dynamics in Ma Rainey's black bottom. Int. J. Res. Engl. 2024;6(1):77-79. DOI: 10.33545/26648717.2024.v6.i1b.165
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