The Emperor Jones - Act 1, Scene 8 Summary & Analysis

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Act 1, Scene 8 Summary

It is now dawn and the tom-tom seems to be at the very spot where Lem and his soldiers enter. Smithers is with them and is incredulous that the natives could have tracked Jones all night. Lem insists that they have almost caught him; and they have melted down money to make silver bullets because that is the only thing that will kill the Emperor. Just then, rifle shots are heard and the soldiers carry Jones' dead body out of the forest. Smithers wants to know where the Emperor's high and mighty airs are now. Then he tells the dead man that at least they did right by him; they used only special silver bullets to end him in style.

Act 1, Scene 8 Analysis

It seems that O'Neill tried to tell us that the plight of the Negroes will never end. No matter what positions they...

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