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Lorie Faustin 1. Discuss the connections we see between the instruments the characters play and their personalities. How do these roles influence the outcome of the play? Levee is very hype, loud and peppy just like the trumpet. Toledo just like the piano is very calm and has some spirit that bring great power in the music. Slow drag just like the chello, he’s very deep and soul spirited. Also, with Cutler just like the trombone he’s very tense and deep. Ma uses her voice as the instrument by being loud and soulfoul. 2. Describe the power relationships in the play between Irvin/Sturdyvant and the band, between Ma and Irvin/Sturdyvant, and between Ma and the band (including Sylvester and Dussie May). Why are these power struggle so important to Wilson’s larger themes? In the play Irvin/ Sturdyvant's and the band, was a very understanding relationship. Irvin and Sturdyvant needed them as the music for Ma. All they really cared about was their money.. Ma and Irvin/Sturdyvant have over her a friendship. Her power comes from her voice. She knows she’s the target into bringing the money so she has full control over them The Ma-the-Band relationship is more like business and family but it doesn’t really work out because of how she doesn’t really like levee. Dussie may really like Levee but she was just there while Ma was. They got along with Sylvester because Ma made them do so. The power struggle is important because it creates a dynamic with whites and blacks and how Ma really had control over the whites for her musiv. 3. How do you feel about Toledo’s criticisms of the black community and the band’s discussion of his comment, ”Ain’t nobody thinking about what kind of world they gonna leave their youngens. ‘Just give me a good time, that’s all I want.’ It just makes me sick” (28)? Is Toledo too serious, too strident in these beliefs and his others, or is his voice an important one in the play, for us today? I feel like Toledo knew how the people back in the days worked. They never understood how serious it was with white/blacks. They just think the world revolves in just having fun rather than actually realizing the reality of it. Toledo wasn’t too serious. He set a tone that many people need a voice like him because he’s very soul fouls and he isn’t aggressive. 4. Explain the symbolism of shoes (or lack of shoes) throughout the play.
Levee was tired of people disrespecting him and walking over him. People have been running over his

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