Running head: AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE1NameProfessorInstitutionCourseDateAFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
Running head: AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATUREIntroductionJust as the title suggests, Top dog/Underdog which was published in the year 2001 is simply a play about rehearsal, competition and mirror images that are a reflection of true self. The idea that comes with the title top dog/underdog can be seen in one of the earlier plays of a park, The American Play of the year 1995 which mainly features a digger of graves who goes by the name Foundling Father. The whole play is about American-African brothers, Booth and Lincoln. Their father thought that their relationship with the president Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes-Booth would turn out to be a very funny joke. His decision of naming the children as assassin and hi target shows how the link and Booth relationship would become to be (Jay (2015).This two brother were long ago abandoned by their real parents and have been for long depending on each other for survival. Lincoln who is the elder brother was a master in the Three-Card Monte which is a confidence game that is played by very confident men who aim at tricking the players on how they can identify the correct card among three possible choices of a card. Lincoln withdrew from the game and got another job at carnival ironically impersonating Abraham Lincoln after he witnessed a friend being killed. On the other hand, his bother Booth seems to have followed his footsteps to become a con man and he is working effortlessly to being the best three card Monte player ever. In addition, he is a thief (Jay (2015).
Running head: AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATUREScene 6Scene six opens on Thursday night. From the look, it seems as if there is nobody at homeas the room appears totally empty. Lincoln enters the room completely drunk leaving the door not well closed. Just as he has been doing in the previous scene, Lincoln imitates the fanfare sound as he enters the room. Since he is sure that there is nobody at home, he calls the name of Booth pulling out a very large cash wad. With an elastic band, he secures the money and later puts the whole cash in his pocket. Afterward, he gets sat in his chair and puts the whole amount of money out again. After taking out the as he counts it with a lot of rush just as he was counting it when he was at the street (Jay (2015).He starts a monologue. He enjoyably celebrates the act of finding himself again since he had returned from lucky where everybody could see the same old link again. As Lincoln still has possession of his card skills, women have also begun coming to him again since he now depicts flashes of his old success. Lincoln asks, "who thuh man?" and he answers "link. That right." Lincoln being full of bravado and drink makes fun of the tourists who he was swindling out some amount of money.