Joe Turner's Come and Gone Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Describe what Seth sees out the window at the beginning of Act 1, Scene 1. What is Seth's reaction to it?

Seth sees Bynum with his pigeons. One of the pigeons has escaped from Bynum and is on the other side of the yard, while Bynum is frantically looking for it. Seth thinks this is funny. Then, Bynum draws a circle in the ground and begins doing some kind of ritual. Seth gets annoyed, thinking Bynum will step in his vegetables. Seth does not believe in Bynum's superstitions.

2. What is Seth's attitude to the black men coming to the city to find work and freedom?

Seth thinks that the newly freed black men are fools. He says that they are backwards and naive, coming to the big city thinking they'll find jobs and freedom, when they'll have to compete with all the white men. He describes Jeremy coming to the city with his Bible and his guitar.

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