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BmbdgtyGreat White Hope or Great White Hype Plot The play The Great White Hope by Howard Sackler is a pre-World War I captivating tale of a talented boxers rise to fame and eventual drop to infamy Hidden within its harsh language and rough exterior lies the allegorical theme of abundant racism in early 20th century America The story opens on a retired boxing champ who is being coaxed into rejoining the ranks to defend his title as Heavy Weight Champion of the World The challenger is Jack Jefferson a black boxer who upset the ways of the American world by defeating all the white boxers before him He fights and beats the champ who was heralded as the great white hope Once he attained the top of the boxing world he soon became the black celebrity BmbdgtyBlacks everywhere looked up to him as the force that would abolish racism The white people didnt take kindly to this black uprising and therefore arrested Jack for a phony charge His white girlfriend and he ran away to Canada so he could evade the law Soon after he made his way to England and then France all the while trying to maintain a boxing career He ended up broken and poor working in a circus in Budapest when the American Feds present him with a deal According to the deal he must take a dive in a fight for the championship with a white man Jack stuck to his morals and turned down the offer but consequently he lost more money and was exiled to Mexico where he boxed for food Bmbdgty After many months in Mexico fighting to survive his girlfriend committed suicide and he agreed to the feds deal He boxes the last fight incredibly well until the 10th round when he took his dive He is carried away the loser while the white men once again rule the sport and therefore once again took
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