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Mamadou, 1 Mamadou Agne Instructor’s Name English 2202 Date Literary Analysis of the Mountaintop by Katori Hall Katori Hall is an actress, journalist and a playwright from Memphis in Tennessee who wrote The Mountaintop. She was born in May 1981 and after her undergraduate studies, she decided to major in fine theater and playwriting. The Mountaintop is an American context play that is written by Katori Hall. She is an American playwright. The play is a fictional delineation of Luther King’s last night before assassination. The setting is in Room 306 of Lorraine Motel on the eve of Luther King’s assassination, characters being a maid, Camae and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The play was first premiered in 2009 in Theater 503 in London. The play was highly appreciated and celebrated by English [people before the Americans adopted it and started appraising it. The subject of the play is on the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. who was assassinated in 1968. The play has won several awards as well as its writer, Katori Hall. In this essay, the focus will be driven to the literary analysis of the play as we look into the literary devices that the playwright used while writing the play. Analysis of the Play Summarily, the play is about Martin Luther King Jr. who retires to his hotel room in Lorraine Motel after giving a speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” as he sits to pounder about his successes and purpose he is serving in the Civil Rights Movement. He orders for cigarettes and a cup of coffee which are delivered by a stunning hotel maid who captures his attention by
Mamadou, 2 her beauty. The maid is attracted to Martin Luther King Jr. from his fame just as Luther King is attracted to her due to her beauty. After having a long conversation with the Camae, Martin Luther King Jr. discovers that she was not just a maid in the motel she was some angel. The conversation they have lasts for the entire night and it features subjects from politics, the past and also the future.

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