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The Baptism Chapter Summary & Analysis - Analysis Summary

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Analysis

This play by LeRoi Jones, also known as Amiri Baraka, is a satire on several groups of people, including organized religion and homosexuals. A satire means ridiculing something or someone by making fun of their characteristics or beliefs. The minister is ridiculed for being pompous and shallow while his profession should dictate humility and compassion. The homosexual is ridiculed for overtly sexual behavior and outrageous homosexual mannerisms instead of relating to the other characters and their needs.

The setting of the play is the interior of a Baptist church, and all the activity occurs there with no set changes. The time period in which the play was written, the 1960s, was a time for wide-sweeping social changes in America, including growing acceptance of homosexual inclinations in people who had not been able to freely discuss their lifestyles up to this point. The Civil Rights movement was growing rapidly...

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