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August Wilson Writing Styles in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

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Style

Structure

Wilson's play observes the three unities, criteria devised during the Renaissance and based roughly on Aristotle's theory of drama in his Poetics. These criteria include the unities of time, action, and place. The action of plays embodying them takes place during a single day and in a single place, and the plot clearly details the causal relationships between characters and action. Although Ma Rainey's Black Bottom takes place over the course of a few hours in a Chicago recording studio, thereby adhering to the unities of time and place, and although one event follows another in a more or less causal order, there is not a whole lot that happens in the play. Most of the story consists of talk, frequently a character telling a story. In this way, the characters' speech and what it says about their relationships with one another is more important than what happens...

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