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Robert Dutchen Confiding in The America Play Suzan-Lori Parks’ obsession with language and her belief that “Words are spells…” (Parks 11) are reflected in her writings, in both her style and diction. Using structure, she crafts words into something much more than a singular meaning; an entire idea can rest on the shoulders of a sole word, as its etymology can carry so great a history. In “The America Play” this is no exception, as Parks shapes the writing to emphasis many points. One such example of this is the use of the word “confidence”. The word confidence illustrates the irony of Lucy’s profession as a confidence and her ability to hear the past, while her husband’s life, on the other hand, remains unknown to her. The word confidence, or a variation of it, appears a total of 9 times throughout the play. Four of these utterances are by Brazil, four by Lucy, and once by The Digger. Almost all occurrences of the word appear near words thuh, uh, or huh, such as “Confidence. Huh. Thuh things she told me I will never tell.” (Parks 176) The appearance of the word is always in longer sentences and larger passages, despite the play containing a lot of short and even one word lines. In addition, the word is always capitalized, due to it being used as the title of a job. A large portion of the appearances of the word use it in reference to Lucy being a confidence herself. Lucy’s role as a confidence means that she is one who holds onto secrets, “secrets for the
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