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Satire Thesis on The Colored Museum From the start of things the name of the play The Colored Museum is satire When considering the word museum I think of a place that holds historical artifacts of a culture for society to view So by putting the two words together Colored meaning Negro and Museum as previously explained Wolfe is telling his audience figuratively they are going to view a play about the black culture and their roots At the beginning of the play the audience is shown slides of African slaves being captured with drums playing in the background All throughout this first sketch Miss Pat the perky stewardess constantly reminds her passengers and the audience to forget the drums which is a satire meaning to forget the past--the slavery the torture and all the other sad parts of the past Since the fourth wall was broken I think Wolfe was not only telling his own black culture that they are forgetting their roots but society is also suppressing the black heritage Miss Pats name even is cynical because it describes her persona since she very well rehearsed that she has every thing down Pat The use of the shackles by comparing them to applying your seat belt was comical It really grabbed your attention plus it symbolically is comparing the restraints there were used by the whites on the slaves as bondage Wolfe continues on mentioning you can remove the shackles temporarily to stretch or dance I believe he is referring to how the white society chooses to perceive the black culture through a small window as good dancers or athletes but draws the curtain so they cant see the entire picture or their woes This type of attitude results in being very restrictive to a minority culture like the shackles Another example of this is the comment Please refrain from call and response singing between cabins cuz it could lead to
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