Funnyhouse of a Negro - Part 5 Summary & Analysis

Adrienne Kennedy
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Part 5 Summary

Lighting suggests that all of the rooms of the funnyhouse have become a jungle. Jesus appears, announcing that he always believed his father to be God. The Duchess, Queen Victoria and Patrice Lumumba then appear, and they all circle through the jungle, repeating the story of Sarah's father, referring to his blackness, how he's haunted her life, and how he keeps knocking at her door. The characters repeat the story over and over, becoming louder and louder, circling through the jungle again and again. Suddenly they become still, and in unison speak in poetic language of how Sarah's father had visited her, sitting in the hallway, begging for forgiveness.

The language shifts and becomes spoken from Sarah's point of view. The speakers accuse her father of raping her mother. We hear how, when he visited, Sarah's father's face had become anguished, and Sarah had imagined beating him...

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