Topdog/Underdog Essay Topics & Writing Assignments

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Essay Topic 1

The author's use of white pancake makeup in the play evokes memories of many things for the African American community. Examine the significance in the use of this white face paint in the play, namely its ties to the culture and society of the characters in the play.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the author's portrayal of Booth as someone lacking self-control. What motivations does she have for portraying him in such a way?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the role of value systems in the play. What values do the play's characters hold? Where might they have found these values?

Essay Topic 4

Examine the nature of Lincoln and Booth's names. What might these names say in regard to their upbringing?

Essay Topic 5

Discuss the portrayal of identity in the play. What might the author be trying to say in terms of the nature of identity?

Essay Topic 6

Examine the...

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