The Great White Hope - Act 1, Scene 3 Summary & Analysis

Howard Sackler
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Act 1, Scene 3 Summary

Outside the arena in Reno, where Brady and Jack are going to be weighed in before the fight, several things are going on: a dice game, bets on the outcome of the fight, and a performer in blackface performing for a group of fans unable to get into the arena itself. The performer jokes about how he hopes he's not the only black person around, saying he won't be able to bury Jack after he's defeated all by himself. As the crowd around him laughs, he jokes about delivering the sermon over his body, misquoting the Bible and singing a racist song about a "coon" wishing he was white.

A group of rangers arrives and announces that all weapons are to be confiscated. Amidst protests from the crowd, weapons are collected, and the blackface performer runs off. A moment later the crowd cheers...

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