White Class Sterotypes in the Play Good People

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Margie Walsh, a single mother living in a blue collared neighborhood in Boston, struggles from a lack of paychecks as she is fired from her job at a dollar store for repeatedly being tardy. Margie spends a majority of the play “looking” for work, but she spends the beginning of the play looking up her old high school boyfriend, Mike. She tries to talk him into hiring her to work as his receptionist, however, Margie is very much unqualified for any position at Mike’s office. Margie does, however, shame Mike into inviting her to his birthday party, in a neighborhood that is very much more upper class than where she is currently living. She knows he does not want her there, but the possibility of finding someone to hire her at his party was the only thing on her mind. In the end, a lot of secrets and lies come out. This play is mostly about social class in America; stereotyping and class perceptions make their way into almost every scene and moment. Good People is a story painting a portrait of poor white working class Americans as they encounter the world of the “comfortable” professional class. The theme of this play is of “luck”, which is shown when the trio of friends and their scenes in the bingo hall, and when Margie challenges Mike to admit that despite all his hard work he is a very lucky man. There are many forms of conflict that Margie deals with throughout this play. As the play opens, we are thrown into a scene with Margie and her young manager, Stevie. Stevie
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