The Great White Hope Discussion Questions

Howard Sackler
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Compare the structure of Sackler's play to a Shakespearean play of your choosing. In what ways do both works mirror or match each other structurally? Thematically?

Study the life story of Jack Johnson. Take note of any differences between Sackler's work of fiction and the reality of the events that touched Johnson's life. Does the author's representation at all compromise the play?

Consider Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness in light of the white characters in the play. How do the feelings of characters like Mrs. Bachman and Cap'n Dan compare with the overall mood of Conrad's work?

Choose a historical figure, event, or aspect of the play and investigate the significance of it. Explain how that figure, event, or aspect had an impact on society during the time in which the play takes place, as well as the author's time.

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