Analysis Of Bruce Norris 's Poem, And Then You Go For A Steak
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Bruce Norris stated; “There is no political value in having sensitive feelings about the world. I don’t think it generates political action. You go, you watch, you say, ‘That’s sad,’ and then you go for a steak. The best you can hope for is to make people slightly uncomfortable. At least if you take the piss out of the audience, they feel they are being addressed.” Bruce Norris creates this environment through Clybourne Park. Clybourne Park addresses tough, but relevant, social issues with which readers can relate; he points out that the more it changes, the more it stays the same.
Clybourne Park is about a white, middle class couple, Russ and Bev, who is moving out of their neighborhood. The author, Bruce Norris, writes a spin-off of A…show more content…
Karl acts as if “colored” people are from a different world. Another example of this is when Karl mentions that they eat different foods:
KARL: But, for example, if Mrs. Stoller here were to send you to shop at Gelman’s. Do you find, when you’re standing in the aisles at Gelman’s, does it generally strike you as the kind of market where you could find the particular foods your family enjoys?
FRANCINE: It’s a very nice store….Mr. Gelman’s a nice man.
KARL: But, I mean, you preferred food items, would such things even be available at Gelman’s?
ALBERT: Do they carry collards and pig feet? ‘Cuz I sho couldn’t shop nowhere didn’ sell no pig feet.
According to Hannah Barker, “The first act is not so much a mirror, as it is a reminder to the reader of how ignorant and cruel people were before the Civil Rights Movement.” This is true, people thought that one color was superior than the other. In the second act, the roles reverse, including the fact that now the black family skis instead of the white family; but more importantly, the same racial stereotypes and fears of difference fill the conversation. Except this time, people are more aware and embarrassed to talk about it:
STEVE: What, and now we’re the evil invaders who are—
LINDSEY: She never said that!!!!
STEVE: —appropriating your ancestral homeland?
LINDSEY: This, this, this—No. I’m sorry, this is the most