Clybourne Park

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Word Count: 1,002 Clybourne Park Essay The Broadway play “Clybourne Park” is based off the movie and play “The Raisin in the Sun”. It is written by Bruce Norris and was honored with many awards including the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for drama and the Tony Award for best play. Bruce Norris wrote the play by having it pick up right where “The Raisin in the Sun” left off. By doing this, Bruce Norris picks up where the drama was and shows the racial tensions in the 1950’s and 1960’s up until present day. To create this, writer Bruce Norris created a play with only two acts. The first act is based in the late 1950’s and early 60’s right after the war. The second act is based in the same house fifty years apart in the year 2009. By doing this…show more content…
Another example of racism in Act 2 is the jokes that the cast keep saying back and forth to each other. For instance Steve asks the cast ‘”how many white men does it take to change a light bulb?” and Kevin replies by saying “one to hold the light bulb and the rest screw the entire world”. Then Steve replies with another racist joke asking “what is long and hard on a black man?” As the cast keeps bickering and talking over each other Lena decides to tell the most racist joke of the entire play. She asks “why is a white woman like a tampon?” As Steve tries to figure out the answer Lena tells them that it is because they are both stuck up cunts. After all of this is said everyone continues to argue and talk over each other. Nothing seems to be solved and people start to leave because of all the racist comments. Even after fifty years have passed racism is still evident in Act 2.This portrays the way people treat each other in reality and how race is still a prominent issue in the world today. Bruce Norris may only hint at what rich people do in the neighborhood but raises numerous issues. One in which is that race triumphs class. Norris’s play “Clybourne Park” raised much controversy by bringing up an issue that many people now a day decide to forget and act like it is not there. By bringing the issue of race up
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